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How the locals fared: Week Seven

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 Seven:

• Corey Graham: The Buffalo native led the Bills with nine tackles and also had an interception he returned 44 yards for a touchdown in a 34-31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Graham played 60 defensive snaps (90 percent) and another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

• James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, was on the bye in Week Seven. For the season, Starks has run 63 times for 286 yards and caught 11 passes for 75 yards, compiling a pair of touchdowns.

• J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, has appeared in all six of Green Bay's games this season, but has not made any starts.

• Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native and New England Patriots tight end had a team-high 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 30-23 win over the New York Jets. Gronkowski was targeted 16 times by quarterback Tom Brady and played all 67 offensive snaps.

• Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted seven times for 305 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 10-7 loss to Atlanta. Kern had a solid day, placing five of his seven punts inside the Falcons' 20-yard line. His gross average was 43.6 yards (net 41.9 yards) and he had a long punt of 54 yards. The Titans gave up just 12 yards on punt returns.

• John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' second-year pro and Canisius High School product was at the center of a controversial play Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals when he entered the game and signaled to referee Ronald Torbert that he would be an eligible receiver. Urschel lined up as if he were the left tackle, only to drift into the flat on the play and catch a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. The play gained 6 yards, but was called back when he was incorrectly called for not reporting as eligible -- even though the cameras showed he clearly did. Read more about the play here. Ultimately, Urschel played in 17 offensive snaps (27 percent) and another eight (29 percent) on special teams during the Ravens' 26-18 loss.

• Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and University at Buffalo graduate is in his first season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' punter. Schum punted twice for 89 yards in a 31-30 loss to Washington. He had a gross average of 44.5 yards (net 42.5 yards) as the Bucs allowed just 4 yards on punt returns.

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• Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Raiders, Mack made two solo tackles in 37-29 victory over the San Diego Chargers. He started at defensive end and played 78 snaps (88 percent) on defense and three on special teams (9 percent).

• Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back carried a team-high nine times for 35 yards and caught six passes (on seven targets) for 39 yards in the loss to Oakland. Oliver played 33 offensive snaps (37 percent) and two on special teams (6 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. Seattle was on a bye in Week Seven.

• Josh Thomas: Signed prior to Week Three by Indianapolis, Thomas played 20 special-teams snaps (51 percent) in a 27-21 loss to New Orleans. He did not appear on defense.

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