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 15, and how they've done so far this season.
Brett Kern, P, Tennessee Titans: Punted 10 times for 391 yards in a 14-10 loss to the New York Jets in Week 15. Kern, a Grand Island High School graduate, had a long punt of 55 yards and a net average of 36.4 on those punts for the 5-9 Titans. He’s averaging 47.5 yards on his 69 punts this season. Up next: at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Corey Graham, DB, Baltimore Ravens: The sixth-year pro from Buffalo made his sixth straight start for the Ravens on Sunday, finishing with seven tackles in a 34-17 loss to the Broncos. For the season, Graham has 56 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and seven passes defensed for the 9-5 Ravens. Up next: vs. New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buffalo native has started all 14 games this season for the 6-8 Bucs, with 50 catches for 799 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams finished with four catches for 63 yards in a 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Up next: vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver Broncos: Has appeared in all 14 games for the 11-3 Broncos, making his first career catch for Denver in Week Three against Houston. Did not record any stats in Week 15's 34-17 win over Baltimore. Up next: vs. Cleveland, 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers:The Niagara Falls native was inactive for the Packers' 21-13 win at Chicago in Week 15, the second straight game he's missed because of a knee injury. 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 10-4 Packers. Up next: vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Missed his fourth straight game, a 41-34 loss to San Francisco on Sunday night, because of a broken forearm. Gronkowski was questionable to play last week, so his return is close. He has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 TDs this week. Up next: at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Doug Worthington, DT, Washington Redskins: The Buffalo native played in his fourth game of the season Sunday for the Redskins, recording a pass defensed. Worthington, a St. Francis graduate, joined the Redskins’ active roster from their practice squad prior to Week Three. Up next: at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Josh Thomas, CB, Carolina Panthers: Has now made back-to-back starts, the first two of his career, for the Panthers, finishing with three tackles in the Panthers' 31-7 win at San Diego. Thomas has played in all 14 games of the season for the 5-9 Panthers, making 28 tackles and four passes defensed. Up next: vs. Oakland, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Trevor Scott, LB, New England Patriots: Scott went back to a reserve role after making two starts for New England. He played in his 12th game of the season in a 41-34 loss to San Francisco on Sunday night. Scott recorded one assisted tackle. For the year, he has 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble for the 10-4 Patriots. Up next: at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is on injured reserve for the Patriots.