Throughout the 2015 season on the BN Blitz blog, we'll track how the performances of players from both Western New York and the University at Buffalo currently in the NFL. Here are their results in Week Three:
Corey Graham: The Buffalo native took every defensive snap for the Bills in a 41-14 victory at Miami, finishing with a team-high 12 tackles, including one for a loss, and one quarterback hit. Graham played 76 defensive snaps and seven on special teams (25 percent).
James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, carried a team-high 17 times, but managed just 32 yards during a 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Starks also caught one pass for 19 yards. He played 39 offensive snaps (51 percent).
J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, played 11 special-teams snaps (35) percent for Green Bay in the win. He did not appear on offense.
Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native and New England Patriots tight end was held out of the end zone for the first time this season, but still managed to produce 101 yards on four catches in a 51-17 victory over Jacksonville. Gronk played 53 offensive snaps (66 percent) and one on special teams (3 percent).
Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted five times for 212 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Kern's gross and net average was a solid 42.4 yards. He placed two punts inside the Colts' 20-yard line and the Titans did not give up any yardage on punt returns.
John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' second-year pro and Canisius High School product took 10 snaps on special teams (37 percent) during a 28-24 loss to the Bengals. He did not appear on offense.
Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and University at Buffalo graduate is in his first season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' punter. Schum punted seven times for 312 yards in a 19-9 loss to Houston. He had a gross average of 44.6 yards (net 42.1) and placed three punts inside the Texans' 20-yard line. Tampa Bay gave up just 17 yards on five returned punts.
Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Raiders, Mack had four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during a 27-20 victory over the Browns. He started at defensive end and played 63 snaps (88 percent) on defense and five on special teams (17 percent).
Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back carried the ball eight times for 26 yards in a 31-14 loss to Minnesota. Oliver played 15 offensive snaps (21 percent) and 14 (52 percent) on special teams.
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 third straight week during Seattle's 26-0 win over Chicago.
Josh Thomas: Signed prior to Week Three by Indianapolis, Thomas made his Colts debut by playing 28 defensive snaps (35 percent) and another five on special teams (15 percent). He finished with three tackles and had two passes defensed.