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 14, and how they've done so far this season.
Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: Punted three times for 165 yards in a 27-23 loss to Tennessee in Week 14. Kern, a Grand Island High School graduate, had a long punt of 57 yards and a net average of 47.0 on those three punts for the 4-9 Titans. He’s averaging 48.9 yards on his 59 punts this season. Up next: vs. New York Jets, 8:30 p.m. Monday (ESPN).
Corey Graham, DB, Baltimore Ravens: The sixth-year pro from Buffalo made his fifth straight start for the Ravens on Sunday, finishing with eight tackles in a 31-28 overtime loss at the Redskins. For the season, Graham has 49 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and six passes defensed for the 9-4 Ravens. Up next: vs. Denver, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all 13 games this season for the 6-7 Bucs, with 46 catches for 736 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams finished with just three catches for 18 yards, but one of those did go for a touchdown in Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Up next: at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all 13 games for the 10-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Recorded one special teams tackle in Denver’s 26-13 win over Oakland in Week 14. Up next: at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Sunday.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: The Niagara Falls native was inactive for the Packers' 27-20 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 14 because of a knee injury. It was rumored that Starks would be headed to injured reserve, but the Packers have yet to make that designation. Starks, 26, has 71 rushes for 255 yards and one touchdown and four receptions for 31 yards in six games (two starts). He missed the first five games of the year because of a turf toe injury for the 9-4 Packers. Up next: at Chicago, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Missed his third straight game, a 42-14 win over Houston on Monday night, because of a broken forearm, which is expected to keep him out at least the next couple weeks. Gronkowski has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 TDs this week. Up next: vs. San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. Sunday (NBC).
Doug Worthington, DT, Washington Redskins: The Buffalo native has appeared in three games for Washington this season, making a pair of tackles in Week Four. He was active for the first time in five games for Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, but did not record any statistics. Worthington, a St. Francis graduate, joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Made the first start of his two-year career on Sunday for the Panthers, finishing with two tackles and one pass defensed in the Panthers' 30-20 upset win over the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas has played in all 13 games of the season for the 4-9 Panthers, making 25 tackles and four passes defensed. Up next: at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Scott continued his recent strong play in his second start of the season for the 10-3 Patriots, recording three tackles and a half sack in a 42-14 win over Houston on Monday night. Up next: vs. San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. Sunday (NBC).
Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.