Picking One Legend: Week 5 - AFC South
We all get it by now. This week we head down south to see what legends the AFC South teams would bring back if given the opportunity.
Indianapolis Colts - Edgerrin James (HB)
Frank Gore is unquestionably a legend, but running backs have a short shelf-life and he is well within his golden years at the position at 34 years old. The Colts could use an insurance policy at the position, and nobody in team history was as dangerous at the position as Edgerrin James. Edge was a monster right out of the gate, earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first year, and earning the NFL rushing title both of his first two years. As the Colts all-time leading rusher, James added incredible versatility and game breaking skills which could turn the Colts back into an AFC powerhouse.
Tennessee Titans - Blaine Bishop (S)
The pass defense in Tennessee this past year was a major bummer, and while the Titans may have addressed the cornerback position with the additions of free agent Logan Ryan and 18th overall 2017 draft pick Adoree' Jackson, the could still use a little support. Blaine Bishop may have been the best safety in franchise history and could immediately elevate the Titan's secondary into one of the most dangerous in the league. Bishop was vicious tackler, racking up 517 career tackles and 12 forced fumbles in Tennessee. He was an four-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All-Pro, but his greatest quality may have been his leadership skills. Bishop didn't just lead the secondary, but he was an unquestioned leader for the entire defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars - Tony Boselli (T)
Okay, so the Jags have made an effort on the offensive line this offseason. It was clear they needed help, and bringing in tackles Branden Albert and Cam Robinson could be major upgrades. They are, however, considering moving Robinson to the guard position, and adding one of the greatest tackles of all-time would absolutely make for a dominant unit. Tony Boselli protected Mark Brunell's blindside like an absolute monster, dominating anyone who he lined up against, including legends of the era like Bruce Smith. Boselli anchored the Jaguars line for six years before being forced into early retirement, but before he went, he earned 5 Pro Bowl selections, 3 First Team All-Pro selections, and was named a member of the NFL 1990's All-Decade Team. Simply put: Dude was a beast.
Houston Texans - Andre Johnson (WR)
I'm bending the rules here a little. I said that nobody can be picked who played for the team within the past five years but I feel that, being that the Texans are still a relatively new team, I could bend the rules a bit. While DeAndre Hopkins is a total beast, and Jaelen Strong flashed late in the season, the other receivers the Texans have are injury prone and not effective enough to support their shiny new rookie quarterback. Andre Johnson was let go by the Texans three years ago (so close!) but before he left, he was unquestionably the greatest wide receiver in team history, and possibly in the history of the division. Johnson was a 7 time Pro Bowl selection and was a major threat every time he ran a route. He is the only player on NFL history ever with 60 or more receptions in his first eight years as a pro, and he racked up an astounding 14,185 receiving yards in his incredible career. The idea of Johnson and Hopkins catching passes for their rookie quarterback would undoubtedly put many minds at ease in Houston.
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