Here’s how the players from Western New York and/or the University at Buffalo fared during the 2015 NFL season:
• Bills S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native finished with a team-leading 127 tackles, 96 of which were solo. Graham also had one sack, two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and four passes defended. He started all 16 games and played 90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps (981 of 1,091). He also played 34 percent of the team’s snaps on special teams (155 of 460).
• Packers RB James Starks: A Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, Starks set career highs with 148 carries for 601 yards, and 43 catches for 392 yards. He scored five total touchdowns, but did fumble five times, losing three of them. Starks played 528 offensive snaps, 46 percent of Green Bay’s total.
• Packers C/G J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2013, appeared in all 16 games and made three starts. He played 373 offensive snaps (33 percent) and 123 on special teams (27 percent).
• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl after a season in which he made 72 catches for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns. Gronkowski started 15 games for New England, missing one because of a knee injury. He played 939 offensive snaps – 84 percent of New England’s total.
• Titans P Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted 88 times for 4,175 yards – a gross average of 47.4 yards and net average of 40.3 yards. He placed a single-season best 34 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, but the Titans’ coverage unit did allow 47 punts to be returned for 605 yards and a touchdown.
• Ravens G/C John Urschel: The Williamsville native and Canisius High School product, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, appeared in all 16 games, making seven starts. He played 547 offensive snaps (48 percent) and 103 on special teams (22 percent).
• Buccaneers P Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and graduate of both Frontier High School and the University at Buffalo wrapped up his first season as Tampa Bay’s punter. He punted 56 times for 2,348 yards – a gross average of 41.9 yards and net average of 38.0 yards. He placed 15 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, and had four touchbacks. The Bucs’ coverage unit allowed 27 returns for just 140 yards – an average of just over 5 yards per return.
• Rams DT Doug Worthington: The St. Francis product bounced between the Rams’ practice squad and active roster a couple times, ultimately appearing in two games, but not registering any statistics. Worthington was placed on injured reserve prior to the final week of the season because of a thigh injury. He took 53 defensive snaps (5 percent) for the season.
• Eagles LB Steven Means: The Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate was signed by Philadelphia prior to its Week 14 game against the Bills. Means was a healthy inactive for each of Philadelphia’s final four games of 2015 and will head into next year competing for a roster spot.
• Raiders DE Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Oakland, Mack has lived up to his vast potential, being named to his first Pro Bowl following his second season in the league. He started all 16 games and finished with 77 tackles, 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defended. That included a sublime five-sack game against Denver in Week 14. Mack played 1,002 defensive snaps (87 percent) and another 89 on special teams (19 percent).
• Seahawks C/G Kristjan Sokoli: A college defensive tackle for the Bulls, Sokoli successfully made the switch to interior offensive line with the Seahawks this summer after being a sixth-round draft pick. He was inactive for all but one game this season, seeing eight special-teams snaps in a Week 17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
• Cowboys CB Josh Thomas: Signed prior to Week Three by Indianapolis, Thomas played in eight games with Indianapolis, making four tackles and two passes defended. He was released by the Colts prior to Week 14 and signed by Dallas prior to the regular-season finale. He dressed for that game against Washington but did not play.
• Branden Oliver: The Chargers placed the second-year running back on injured reserve prior to Week Nine because of turf toe. He finished the 2015 season with 31 carries for 108 yards (3.5 yards per rush) and 13 catches for 112 yards.