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 -- a rookie defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- was inactive in Week Three, the second week in a row he was a healthy scratch. Means made his NFL debut in Week One, playing five snaps on special teams in an 18-17 loss at the New York Jets. He did not register any statistics.
Mike Williams: The Tampa Bay receiver -- a Buffalo native and Riverside product -- was targeted a team-high nine times by quarterback Josh Freeman, making five catches for 65 yards in a 23-3 loss at the New England Patriots.
James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo product, carried 14 times for 55 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 34-30 loss. All of those carries came in the first two quarters, however, as Starks suffered a knee injury shortly before halftime and did not return. The injury comes at a tough time for Starks, who became his team's first 100-yard rusher in the regular season since 2010 when he gained 132 yards on 20 carries during a 38-20 victory over Washington in Week Two. Starks and the Packers have a bye week coming up, so he has a chance to get healthy.
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 for the third straight game in his team’s 23-3 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week Three. Gronkowski is getting closer to making his season debut after offseason surgeries on his back and a broken forearm.
Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted three times for 140 yards for the Tennessee Titans in their 20-17 win over San Diego in Week Three. Kern, in his sixth NFL season, put two of his three punts inside the 20-yard line, and the only one that was returned went for just 7 yards. He averaged 44.3 net yards.
Corey Graham: The Baltimore Ravens' cornerback, a Buffalo native and Turner/Carroll product, played 30 defensive snaps (46 percent) and 15 more on special teams (54 percent) for the defending Super Bowl champions in a 30-9 win over Houston in Week Three. Graham made three tackles on defense.
Note: Local players Dan Gronkowski, Chris Gronkowski Jeremy Kelley, Naaman Roosevelt and Doug Worthington are currently free agents.
Josh Thomas: Thomas missed the Carolina Panthers' 38-0 win over the New York Giants in Week Three because of a concussion he suffered in Week Two against the Buffalo Bills. Thomas had started the first two games of the season at left cornerback for Carolina.
Trevor Scott: Scott signed with Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 after spending last year with New England. He played 14 defensive snaps (19 percent) and another three snaps on special teams (15 percent) for the Bucs in their 23-3 loss to his former team. He made one tackle.
taggedBrett Kern | Corey Graham | J.C. Tretter | James Starks | Mike Williams | Rob Gronkowski | Steven Means