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 12, and how they've done so far this season.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: The Niagara Falls native got eight carries for 35 yards in a 38-10 loss to the New York Giants. For the season, the 26-year-old Starks has 56 rushes for 189 yards and two receptions for 15 yards in five games (two starts). He missed the first five games of the year because of a turf toe injury for the 7-4 Packers. Up next: vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Missed the Patriots’ Thanksgiving night win over the Jets because of a broken forearm, which is expected to keep him out at least the next few weeks. Gronkowski has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 TDs this week. Up next: at Miami, 1 p.m. Sunday.
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 six games. Worthington joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: vs. N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m. Monday (ESPN).
Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: Punted four times for 201 yards in a 24-19 loss to Jacksonville in Week 12. Kern, a Grand Island High School graduate, had a net average of 49.0 yards on those punts for the 4-7 Titans. He’s averaging 48.3 yards on his 50 punts this season. Up next: vs. Houston, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Corey Graham, DB, Baltimore Ravens: The sixth-year pro from Buffalo made his third straight start for the 9-2 Ravens, finishing with five tackles and two passes defensed in a 16-13 win at San Diego. For the season, Graham has 30 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and five passes defensed. Up next: vs. Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all 11 games this season for the 6-5 Bucs, with 37 catches for 625 yards and five touchdowns. Williams finished with three catches for 28 yards in Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Up next: at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all 11 games for the 8-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Did not record any statistics in Denver’s 17-9 win over Kansas City in Week 12. Up next: vs. Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Made two tackles in a 30-22 road win at Philadelphia on Monday night. Thomas has played in all 11 games of the season for the 3-8 Panthers, making 22 tackles and two passes defensed. Up next: at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Had one tackle in a 49-19 win over the New York Jets on Thanksgiving night, and has six tackles on the season. Scott, though, could be in line for a lot more playing time this week with defensive ends Jermaine Cunningham suspended and rookie Chandler Jones dealing with an ankle injury for the 8-3 Patriots. Up next: at Miami, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.