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 Nine, and how they've done so far this season.
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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: On bye last week. The Niagara Falls native got his first start of the season and rushed 17 times for 61 yards in the Packers’ 31-17 home win over Arizona in Week Eight. For the season, the 26-year-old Starks has 23 rushes for 80 yards and one reception in three games. He missed the first five games of the year because of a turf toe injury for the 6-3 Packers. Up next: at Detroit, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Was somewhat held in check against his hometown team, finishing with three catches for 31 yards, but had a touchdown in the Patriots' 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. Gronk has at least one touchdown in all six of his career games against the Bills. The 23-year-old Amherst native is having another strong season, with 46 catches for 611 yards and eight TDs. Up next: vs. Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Doug Worthington, DT, Washington Redskins: On the bye week. 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 four games. Worthington joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: vs.Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: Punted four times in Week 10 against Miami, for an average of 52.0 yards, with a booming long of 71. Kern's net average was a solid 48.0 in the Titan' 37-3 win. The Grand Island native is averaging 48.2 yards per punt, with a net average of 42.6 on 46 punts. Up next: at Jacksonville, 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. He made a pair of solo tackles in the Ravens' 55-20 blowout win over Oakland in Week 10. For the season, Graham has 17 tackles and two forced fumbles for the 7-2 Ravens. Up next: at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all nine games this season for the Bucs, with 31 catches for 568 yards and five touchdowns. Williams finished with two catches for 64 yards in Sunday’s 34-24 win over San Diego for the 5-4 Buccaneers. Up next: at Carolina, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all nine games for the 5-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Did not record any statistics in Denver's 36-14 win over Carolina in Week 10. Up next: vs. San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Made four tackles for the Panthers in a 36-14 home loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 10. Thomas has played in all nine games of the season for the 2-7 Panthers, making 17 tackles and one fumble recovery. Up next: vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Was inactive in Week 10 against Buffalo with a hamstring injury for the Pats, the second straight game he's missed. Has four tackles on the season. Up next: vs. Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.