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How the locals fared: Week Two

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 Two. 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 six times by quarterback Josh Freeman, making just two catches for 9 yards in a 16-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week Two.

James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo product, 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, who is in his fourth season, also added four catches for 36 yards.

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 second straight game in his team’s 13-10 win against the New York Jets in Week Two. 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 eight times for 382 yards for the Tennessee Titans in their 30-24 overtime loss at Houston in Week Two. Kern, in his sixth NFL season, was booming the ball, with a gross average of 47.8 yards and a net average of 46.6 yards, with a long punt of 54. Only one Kern's punts was downed inside the 20-yard line, but of the five that were returned, the Texans managed just 9 yards.

Corey Graham: The Baltimore Ravens' cornerback, a Buffalo native and Turner/Carroll product, played 35 snaps on defense (56 percent) and 16 more on special teams (62 percent) for the defending Super Bowl champions in a 14-6 win over Cleveland in Week Two. Graham made three tackles on defense and one more on special teams.

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 24-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week Two. Thomas made four tackles before suffering a concussion in the second quarter and missing the rest of the game.

Trevor Scott: Scott signed with Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 after spending last year with New England. He played 16 defensive snaps (22 percent) and another six snaps on special teams (23 percent) for the Bucs in their loss to the Saints. He made two tackles.


Brett Kern | Corey Graham | J.C. Tretter | James Starks | Josh Thomas | Mike Williams | Rob Gronkowski | Steven Means | 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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