Headlined by three second-year talents, there were a few guys in the NFL with quite surprising breakout performances this week. Check out five guys who really upped their on-field reputation in Week 5.
1. Vic Beasley, LB |Atlanta Falcons
Beasley had three and a half sacks and two forced fumbles in the Falcons’ 23-16 upset win over the Denver Broncos, who came into Sunday with a 4-0 record. The former No.8 overall pick in 2015 struggled with creating pressure last year, totalling just four sacks and 26 combined tackles. However, Beasley already has four and half sacks in five games this year.
2. Sammie Coates, WR | Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown who? Just kidding. Coates torched the New York Jets for 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 31-13 victory. Coates had 11 yards on two catches in his rookie season last year and had not scored an NFL touchdown prior to Sunday.
3. Tevin Coleman, RB | Atlanta Falcons
The second-year running back came into Sunday with four rushing touchdowns on the season but it was his ability in the passing game which stood out against the Broncos. Coleman — who was concerned about playing in Denver’s low altitude because he carries the sickle cell trait — fought through adversity, racking up a career-high 132 receiving yards on four catches. Coleman also scored his first career receiving touchdown on a 31-yard strike from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
4. Joey Bosa, DE| San Diego Chargers
Following a contract dispute with the Chargers in the preseason, The No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft sat out the first four games of the season because of a nagging hamstring injury. Fortunately for the Chargers, Bosa did not fail to dissapoint in his NFL debut, tallying two sacks along with five tackles in a 31-34 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
5. Martellus Bennett, TE | New England Patriots
Bennett had a field day in a 33-13 win against the Cleveland Browns. He had his first career three-touchdown performance and the best part is — all three of his touchdowns were thrown by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. One would expect superstar Rob Gronkowski to do most of the scoring at tight end but now it looks like the Patriots have found a new weapon to bring the two-headed tight end monster back to life for New England.
Information from ESPN and NFL.com were used in this report.
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