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Biggest surprise of the season? Dawson Knox makes this NFL.com list

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Dawson Knox (88). Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, October 10, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

NFL.com writer Nick Shook put together his list of the Top 10 surprising performances of the season through five weeks.

Bills tight end Dawson Knox landed No. 5 on the list. Here's a look at what Shook had to say about the third-year tight end.

Week 5 was Dawson's Week -- and his five-touchdown start to the season might just end up being Dawson's Peak. Either way, Buffalo will take it. Knox is on pace to smash his previous career high for receiving yardage (388, set in his rookie season in 2019), racking up 261 through five games, and he's already shattered his previous ceiling for receiving touchdowns (three). Knox teamed up withJosh Allento make some Next Gen Stats history Sunday nightin Kansas City, catchinga 53-yard touchdown passto help Allen become the first quarterback of the NGS era to be perfect and top 170 yards while posting two TDs on deep attempts in a single half. Knox made some history of his own against the Chiefs, becomingthe first tight endto record three deep receptions in any game in the Next Gen era. His three touchdowns on targets of 10-19 air yards are tied with Indianapolis'Zach Pascalfor the most this season in the entire league. Knox has evolved from a traditional tight end who might make a key grab every once in a while to a legitimate option in an offense filled with them. (Stefon DiggsandEmmanuel Sanders, anyone?) Defenses might want to be extra careful to not allow him to slip into open space for another episode of Dawson's Leak.

Atlanta wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs, the younger brother of Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, occupy the top two spots on Shook's list.

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