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How the locals fared: Week Eight

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 played just 12 offensive snaps (22 percent) for the Bills in a 43-23 victory over the New York Jets. He was not targeted in the pass game. He also played six snaps (17 percent) on special teams.

Corey Graham: The other Buffalo native playing for the Bills, Graham played 50 defensive snaps (60 percent) and 18 (51 percent) on special teams against the Jets, finishing with five defensive tackles and one tackle on special teams.

James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, carried two times for 5 yards and was targeted once in the passing game in a 44-23 loss to New Orleans. Starks played 14 offensive snaps (21 percent).

J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, is starting the season on the injured reserve/designated to return list after suffering a fractured left knee in the preseason. He is eligible to return to game action Nov. 9 against Chicago.

Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native had a monster game for the New England Patriots, catching nine passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Gronkowski played 39 offensive snaps (53 percent).

Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted six times for 310 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 30-17 loss to Houston. Kern had great net average of 48.7 yards (51.7 gross, long of 62) on the six punts, with two of them being downed inside the 20-yard line.

John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' rookie and Canisius High School product -- a fifth-round pick in May -- played eight offensive snaps (12 percent) and four on special teams (16 percent) in a 27-24 loss at Cincinnati.

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Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in May's draft by the Oakland Raiders, Mack made six tackles, including two for loss, and one quarterback hit in his team's 23-13 loss to Cleveland. Mack played 55 defensive snaps (98 percent) and another seven (21 percent) on special teams.

Trevor Scott: The Chicago Bears' defensive end played 18 special teams snaps (52 percent) in a 51-23 loss to New England. He did not appear on defense and did not register any statistics.

Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back, a rookie undrafted free agent, carried 13 times for 36 yards (2.8 yards per rush) and caught seven passes for 27 yards in a 35-21 loss to Denver. Oliver played 50 offensive snaps (81 percent).

Josh Thomas: Thomas, a cornerback, was active for the New York Jets for the first time in his second game with the team, but did not get into the game against the Bills.

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