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Don’t call it a comeback, because the Jets wide receivers have been here all along.

Lost amid the team-record 20 penalties the Jets committed and Geno Smith’s 331-yard, three-touchdown performance in the team’s 27-20 win over the Bills on Sunday was the play of the receivers.

Next to embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Jets receivers have arguably been the most maligned group on the team. Many of them came up with big plays on Sunday.

Santonio Holmes had the biggest day, catching five passes for 154 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. That performance notwithstanding, the most refreshing display might have been put on by second-year speedster Stephen Hill.

Hill, who hauled in six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, earned a reputation as a pass dropper after failing to catch an easy one in New England last year.

It’s tough to shake perceptions these days, but Hill took a big step in the right direction on Sunday, possibly validating the Jets’ (2-1) decision to draft him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

“Drops are going to come,” said Hill. “We just have to make sure they don’t happen [a lot].”

The 51-yard strike he caught from Smith in the first half had fans screaming at MetLife Stadium. But even that play and the 45-yard catch he had on a third-and-long in the first quarter doesn’t constitute greatness yet.

Said Hill: “I don’t feel like this is a breakout game. I feet like every day I go to practice is a breakout game. I take this craft seriously, and I just come out here and do what I have to do.”

Hill and company will be on the road this Sunday to face the Tennessee Titans.

As for his feelings on the entire core of receivers, who accounted for 287 of Smith’s 331 yards, Sunday’s performance was a far cry from what many naysayers expected from the group.

“We’ve come far mentally,” Smith said. “We’re starting to understand each other, what coach Marty Mornhinweg wants and what [receivers] coach Sanjay Lal wants.”