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How the locals fared: Week Eight

By Jay Skurski

Here’s a look at how the Western New Yorkers and University at Buffalo graduates currently playing in the NFL did in Week Eight, and how they've done so far this season. Drop me a line on Twitter (@JaySkurski) if I missed anyone.

James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: The Niagara Falls native had one carry for 8 yards and one reception for 9 yards in the Pack's 24-15 win over Jacksonville in Week Eight. For the season, the 26-year-old Starks has six rushes for 19 yards and one reception in two games. He missed the first five games of the year because of a turf toe injury for the 5-3 Packers. Up next: vs. Arizona, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: “Gronk” had a monster game, with eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots in a 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in London. The 23-year-old Amherst native is having another strong season, with 43 catches for 580 yards and seven TDs. The Pats are on their bye this week.

Doug Worthington, DT, Washington Redskins: The Buffalo native has appeared in two games for Washington this season, making a pair of tackles in Week Four. He's been inactive the past three weeks. Worthington joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: vs. Carolina, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: Kern punted three times in Week Eight against Indianapolis, for an average of 43.3 yards (net 39.0). The Titans allowed just 13 return yards on those three punts. The Grand Island native continues to have a great season, with a net average of 43.3 yards on 36 punts. Up next: vs. Chicago, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Corey Graham, DB, Baltimore Ravens: The sixth-year pro from Buffalo is in his first season with the Ravens after five with the Chicago Bears. Graham has appeared in all seven games for the 5-2 Ravens, who were on bye in Week Eight. He made three tackles against Houston in Week Seven. Up next: at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all seven games this season for the Bucs, with 25 catches for 436 yards and four touchdowns. Williams had a strong game in Week Eight on national television against Minnesota, with six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all seven games for the 4-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Did not record any statistics in Week Eight's win over New Orleans. Up next: at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Sunday. 

UB players

Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Made one tackle for the Panthers in a 23-22 loss to Chicago in Week Eight. Thomas has played in all seven games of the season for the 1-6 Panthers, making 10 tackles.

Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Was inactive in Week Eight with a hamstring injury for the Pats. Has four tackles on the season. On bye this week.

Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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