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 a healthy inactive for his team's 22-19 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
Mike Williams: The Tampa Bay receiver -- a Buffalo native and Riverside product -- finished his season with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve because of a torn hamstring on Oct. 28.
James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo product, carried four times for 5 yards and had one catch for 9 yards in a 27-13 loss to Green Bay. Starks played nine offensive snaps (11 percent).
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 is eligible to come off the list and begin practicing. The team then must decide within three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster or put him on injured reserve for the season.
Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski and the New England Patriots were on a bye in Week 10. He made nine catches on 10 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots' 55-31 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Nine, getting his most extensive playing time of the season with 49 snaps (64 percent).
Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted five times for 219 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 29-27 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. He had a net average of 42.6 on the five punts, and only two of them were returned for 6 yards.
Corey Graham: The Baltimore Ravens' cornerback, a Buffalo native and Turner/Carroll product, made five tackles, including one for a loss, in a 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Graham played 55 defensive snaps (62 percent) and another 15 (48 percent) on special teams.
Note: Local players Dan Gronkowski, Chris Gronkowski Jeremy Kelley, Naaman Roosevelt and Doug Worthington are currently free agents.
Josh Thomas: Thomas made one special teams tackle for the Panthers in a 10-9 win at San Francisco after being a healthy inactive for two straight weeks. Thomas, a cornerback, played 21 snaps on special teams. He did not see the field on defense.
Trevor Scott: Scott was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the team's 31-13 loss to Carolina in Week Eight. He had played in four games with the Bucs, making three tackles.
taggedBrett Kern | Chris Gronkowski | Corey Graham | Dan Gronkowski | J.C. Tretter | James Starks | Jeremy Kelley | Josh Thomas | Mike Williams | Naaman Roosevelt | Rob Gronkowski | Steven Means | Trevor Scott