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How the locals fared: Week 15

Our weekly rundown at BN Blitz of the players from Western New York (along with the University at Buffalo) currently in the NFL:

Mike Williams: The Buffalo native was waived/injured by the Bills. After going unclaimed, he was placed on the team's injured reserve. Williams suffered a calf injury that ended his lone season with his hometown team. He finished the year with eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown.

Corey Graham: The other Buffalo native playing for the Bills, Graham made eight tackles and defended one pass in a 21-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers that kept the team's playoff hopes alive. He played 70 defensive snaps (99 percent) and 11 on special teams (32 percent).

James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, carried four times for 19 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards against the Bills. He played 15 offensive snaps (21 percent).

J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, played 15 offensive snaps (21 percent) and four on special teams (12 percent) in the loss to the Bills. Tretter came in at right tackle in the fourth quarter in place of the injured Bryan Bulaga, and was beaten for a crucial sack by Mario Williams late in the game that sealed the Bills' win.

Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native continued his strong season with the New England Patriots, catching three passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in his team's 41-13 victory over Miami. Gronkowski played 60 offensive snaps (92 percent).

Brett Kern: The Grand Island native had a strong game for the Tennessee Titans in a loss to the New York Jets, punting six times for 295 yards. Kern averaged 45.3 net yards on the six punts (gross 49.2) with a long of 56 yards. Three of the punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.

John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' rookie and Canisius High School product -- a fifth-round pick in May -- played two offensive snaps (3 percent) at guard and six (18 percent) on special teams in a 20-12 win over Jacksonville.

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Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in May's draft by the Raiders, Mack led the Raiders with six tackles, including one for a loss, and one pass defensed in a 31-13 loss to Kansas City. He played 64 defensive snaps (96 percent) and nine on special teams (24 percent).

Trevor Scott: The Chicago Bears' defensive end was inactive for his team's 31-15 loss to New Orleans on Monday Night Football.

Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back carried the ball 12 times for 26 yards in a 22-10 loss to Denver. He also caught four passes for 44 yards, playing 26 offensive snaps (39 percent).

Josh Thomas: Thomas, a cornerback, had a terrible week for the New York Jets. First, he was inactive against Tennessee. Then he had his passport and tablet that contained his playbook stolen, which he asked his followers on Twitter for help in locating. The next day, he was released by the team. Signed in October, Thomas played a handful of snaps in three games with New York.

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