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Forgotten key players shine in Week 5 victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 07: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets scores a 35 yard touchdown against Bradley Roby #29 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 07, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 07: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets scores a 35 yard touchdown against Bradley Roby #29 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 07, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Some of the forgotten key players on the New York Jets finally stepped up and delivered in their big Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos.

Before the season, Robby Anderson was considered by many as the best offensive player on the New York Jets. Before the season, Leonard Williams was considered by many as the best defensive player on the team. Despite that, both those players got off to slow starts this season. But this past Sunday, they both really showed out.

Entering Sunday’s action, last year’s leading receiver Anderson had just 108 yards through four games. Outside of his 41-yard touchdown in the season opener against the Detroit Lions, he had really been nonexistent.

Against the Broncos, Anderson bounced back in a ginormous way, with touchdown catches of 76 and 35 yards respectively while totaling 123 yards for the whole game. The Jets hope that Anderson will continue to deliver these big plays.

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Just two weeks ago, Williams did not record a single stat against the Cleveland Browns. No forced fumbles, no fumble recoveries, no tackles, no sacks. Not all impact plays appear on the stat sheet of course, but fair or not, the former 6th overall pick received criticism for his Week 3 performance.

Against the Broncos, Williams responded to his critics by getting two sacks of his own and being a reason why the Jets were able to bring Case Keenum down two more times during the afternoon. If Williams continues to play at the level he did this past Sunday, it will be a big boost to the Jets defense.

The Jets next game will be a home matchup against the 1-4 Indianapolis Colts, who are on a three-game losing streak. Anderson and Williams will look to build on their recent respective performances and will do their best to not be forgotten ever again this season as they continue on.

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