Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/14/12
The Tennessee Titans are looking to get back into the playoff hunt in 2012. The AFC South appears to be a two team race between the Titans and Texans and Tennessee fans believe their team can challenge.

When looking at the roster of the Titans, like most teams, it has players that don't get the credit they deserve and other players that get too much credit. Who on the Titans fit this description? Let's just find out.

The Titans' most underrated player proved his worth in 2011 when given a chance to be the guy. After a season- ending injury to wide receiver Kenny Britt, Nate Washington raised his level of play to have a career year.

An undrafted free agent out of Tiffin College in 2005, Washington spent four seasons in Pittsburgh before coming to Tennessee. He has spent the last three years in Nashville and hopes to have a repeat performance in 2012.

With the injury to Britt, Washington hauled in 74 receptions for 1,023 yards and 7 TDs in 2011 and showed his worth in the absence of the team's star receiver. During his career with Pittsburgh and Tennessee, Washington has 267 receptions for 3,984 yards and 31TDs. These may not exactly be Hall of Fame numbers but it is to the Titans' benefit to know they have a second option like Nate Washington in their passing game.

I know I am probably going to get some negative feedback on my selection for the Titans' most overrated player but at the present time, one has to make an argument that it is running back Chris Johnson. Johnson held out in 2011 for a bigger contract and was finally awarded a $53 million deal. However, he did not put up numbers worthy of such money and declined in performance on the field for the second straight year.

Chris Johnson was a 2008 first-round selection out of East Carolina and made an immediate impact as the Titans' new star, helping Tennessee to a 13-3 record in 2008 as a rookie. He followed his rookie campaign with 2,006 rushing yards and 14TDs in 2009 and appeared to be on his way to elite status. Since then he has done nothing but declined which has led to struggles by the Titans as a whole.

It should have been expected he would decline some between 2009 and 2010 because 2,000 yards in a season is not going to happen every year. However, he declined almost 700 yards as he fell to 1,364 yards in 2010 and after the long contract holdout in 2011 managed just 1,047 yards which was 15th in the NFL.

If CJ wants to return to elite form and lose the overrated tag, which alot of Titans fans have given him, especially after the debacle of 2011, he must prove he is worth every penny owner Bud Adams is paying him or he may soon be known as just another running back.



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