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How the locals fared: Week One

By Jay Skurski

Our weekly rundown on the Press Coverage blog of the players from Western New York (along with the University at Buffalo) currently in the NFL:

Steven Means: The Buffalo native and Grover Cleveland and University at Buffalo product made his NFL debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing five snaps on special teams in an 18-17 loss at the New York Jets. Means did not register any statistics. The rookie defensive end was a fifth-round draft pick in June.

Mike Williams: The Buffalo native and Riverside product was targeted eight times by Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman, making four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Jets.

James Starks: The Niagara Falls native is in his fourth season as a running back for the Green Bay Packers. He caught one pass for 8 yards and did not attempt any rushes in a 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in April, is on the team’s physically unable to perform list after he broke his ankle in May. He will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native was inactive in his team’s season-opening 23-21 win against the Buffalo Bills. Gronkowski is not expected to be in the lineup Thursday when the Patriots host the New York Jets on a short week as he continues to recover from off season surgeries on his back and a broken forearm.

Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted five times for 208 yards for the Tennessee Titans in their 16-9 win at Pittsburgh in the season opener. Kern, in his sixth NFL season, had a gross average of 41.6 yards and a strong net average of 41.4, with a long punt of 55 yards, and four downed inside the 20-yard line.

Corey Graham: The Buffalo native and Turner/Carroll product started at nickel cornerback for the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in their 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos is the season’s first game. He finished second on the team with seven tackles.

Note: Local players Dan Gronkowski, Chris Gronkowski Jeremy Kelley, Naaman Roosevelt, Luke Tasker and Doug Worthington are currently free agents.

UB players

Josh Thomas: Thomas started at left cornerback for the Carolina Panthers in their 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week One. He made five tackles and played all 65 defensive snaps for Carolina.

Trevor Scott: Scott signed with Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 after spending last year with England. He played 15 defensive snaps (20 percent) and another seven snaps on special teams for the Bucs in their loss to the Jets. He did not record any statistics.

Note: UB graduate Jamey Richard is currently a free agent after spending last season on the Patriots’ injured reserve.



Brett Kern | Chris Gronkowski | Corey Graham | Dan Gronkowski | J.C. Tretter | James Starks | Jamey Richard | Jeremy Kelley | Josh Thomas | Luke Tasker | Mike Williams | Naaman Roosevelt | Rob Gronkowski | Trevor Scott
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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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