Throughout the 2015 season on the BN Blitz blog, we'll track how the players from both Western New York and the University at Buffalo perform in the NFL. Here are their results in Week Two:
Corey Graham: The Buffalo native returned from a concussion suffered on the first play in Week One to start for the Bills against New England in Week Two. Graham played 83 of 86 defensive snaps (97 percent) and also 16 snaps on special teams (47 percent). He finished with nine tackles, one quarterback hit and one fumble recovery in a 40-32 loss.
James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, stepped in for injured starter Eddie Lacy and rushed 20 times for 95 yards in a 27-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Starks also caught four passes for 11 yards, but did lose a fumble. He played 50 offensive snaps (70 percent) and two on special teams (7 percent).
J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, played one offensive snap against the Seahawks and also took nine snaps on special teams (33 percent).
Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native and New England Patriots tight end continued to abuse his hometown team, catching seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 40-32 win over the Bills. Gronk played 81 of 86 offensive snaps (94 percent) and two on special teams (6 percent).
Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted six times for 298 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 28-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, with a gross average of 49.7 yards. Kern's net average, however, was just 24.0 yards, because all six of his punts were returned by Cleveland's Travis Benjamin, for a total of 154 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown. Kern's long punt was 55 yards, and he placed one punt inside Cleveland's 20-yard line.
John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' second-year pro and Canisius High School product took six snaps on offense (7 percent) and eight snaps on special teams (24 percent) during a 37-33 loss at Oakland.
Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and University at Buffalo graduate is in his first season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' punter. Schum punted three times for 116 yards in a 26-19 win over New Orleans. He had an average of 38.7 yards (both gross and net) and placed one punt inside the Saints' 20-yard line. The Bucs did not allow any yardage on punt returns.
Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Raiders, Mack made one tackle, which went for a loss, in a 37-33 win over Baltimore. He started at defensive ends and played 58 snaps (71 percent) on defense and seven on special teams (21 percent).
Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back carried the ball one time for 2 yards in a 24-19 loss to the Bengals. Oliver played twp offensive snaps (3 percent) and also took 10 special-teams snaps (40 percent).
Kristjan Sokoli: A college defensive tackle for the Bulls, Sokoli successfully made the switch to interior offensive line with the Seattle Seahawks this summer after being a sixth-round draft pick. He was inactive for the second straight week during Seattle's 27-17 loss to Green Bay.