CBS Sports recently named the most underappreciated player on each AFC team and they went with a player who just PAID for the Tennessee Titans.
Jeff Kerr, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, listed pass rusher Harold Landry as the Titans’ most underappreciated player.
Landry, a second-round pick by Tennessee in the 2018 NFL Draft, signed a five-year extension worth $87.5 million ($52.5 million guaranteed) earlier this offseason.
The extension for Landry came after a career year in which the former Boston College standout totaled 74 tackles, 12 sacks, and one forced fumble.
Here’s what CBS Sports had to say about Landry being underappreciated:
The Titans were wise to pay Harold Landry in free agency, keeping him in the fold with Jeffery Simmons as one of the league’s top pass-rushing duos. Landry had a breakout season with the Titans in 2021, as he finished with a career-high 75 tackles, 12 sacks, and 22 quarterback hits — earning his first Pro Bowl appearance after four seasons in the league. Landry also recorded a career-high 57 pressures and finished with 41 hurries.
Improving in quarterback hits and tackles every season, Landry has become more consistent in getting to the quarterback. Just 26 years old, Landry is becoming one of the most feared pass rushers in the AFC.
Tennessee fans know how good Landry is, but he’s yet to get fully recognized around the league as well. Outside of a free agent deal, the league has yet to see what Landry provides for the Tennessee defense.
Landry certainly isn’t underappreciated by Titans fans, who are well aware of how important the Pro-Bowler is to Tennessee’s defense.
On a national level, though, I can see Landry being labeled as underappreciated. He’s one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL, but you never hear his name mentioned in sentences with TJ Watt, Myles Garrett, or Nick Bosa.
Landry, however, proved last season that he’s very close to joining that group of pass rushers in terms of production. If he improves on his 2021 season, then he could easily finish among the league leaders in sacks this upcoming season.
Titans players tend to fly under the radar a bit more than others because of the lack of attention the team receives from the national media. But Landry if plays at an elite level, they won’t be able to ignore him for much longer. Just ask Derrick Henry, a player who became a household name after a historic 2,000-yard rushing season.
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