5 most underappreciated players in Tennessee Titans history

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No. 3 most underappreciated player in Titans history: Blaine Bishop, S

There is always an exception to the rule (and oftentimes an exception to the exception) and safety Blaine Bishop, who played four years for the Oilers, made this list of (mostly) Titans players because he often gets overlooked when discussing the top difference-makers in franchise history. And since this is a list of underappreciated players, he definitely had to be in.

Leaving aside technicalities, Bishop was arguably the best safety to play for the Titans before Kevin Byard seized the title. An eight-round pick in 1993, the former Ball State Cardinal became a mainstay of the Oilers' secondary and made three straight Pro Bowls. However, his best season came as a member of the Titans in 2020.

Even though Bishop didn't log an interception that year, he was second in the team with 84 total tackles and his eight passes defensed ranked fourth among Tennessee defenders. On top of that, he earned a Second-Team All-Pro designation and was part of the Titans team that would have won the Super Bowl one year before if that pesky Mike Jones hadn't stopped Kevin Dyson at the one-year line with the game on the line.

When discussing the top safeties in the league in the 2000s, Bishop doesn't often pop up and if does it will most likely be one tier below Steve Atwater, Darren Woodson, and LeRoy Butler. Bishop should be up there, which is why he's getting recognition on this list.