Throughout the 2016 season, we’ll track the performances of players from both Western New York and local colleges who are currently in the NFL.
Here are their results in Week Six:
• Bills S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native had eight tackles in his team's 45-16 win over the 49ers. Graham played 51 defensive snaps (84 percent) and another seven on special teams (21 percent).
• Packers RB James Starks: A Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, Starks missed Green Bay's 30-16 loss to Dallas because of a knee injury. He has carried 24 times for 42 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards so far this season.
• Packers C/G J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2013, started at center and took all 70 offensive snaps in the loss to the Cowboys.
• Packers P Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and graduate of both Frontier High School and the University at Buffalo punted just once against the Cowboys, but it was a good one, going for 47 yards and being downed inside the 20-yard line.
• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 35-17 victory over the Bengals. Gronk played 57 offensive snaps (89 percent).
• Titans P Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted five times for 225 yards in a 28-26 win over Cleveland. Kern’s gross average was 45.0 yards, with a strong net average of 43.8. He placed three of his five punts inside the Browns' 20-yard line.
• Ravens G/C John Urschel: The Canisius High School product, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, started at right tackle and played all 83 offensive snaps in a 27-23 loss to the New York Giants. Urschel also played five snaps on special teams (16 percent).
• Eagles LB Steven Means: The Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate was inactive for a second straight week during a 27-20 loss to Washington. Means has one tackle in three games this season for the Eagles.
Note: Lockport native David Fluellen is a member of the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad.
Local college players
• Raiders DE Khalil Mack (University at Buffalo): The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Oakland, Mack had seven tackles and a sack in a 26-10 loss to Kansas City. He played 56 defensive snaps (88 percent) and another six on special teams (26 percent).
• Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Canisius): A former basketball player at Canisius, Manhertz was claimed by the Carolina Panthers on Monday after being released by the New Orleans Saints. He appeared in three games, making two starts, for New Orleans before being released, but did not register any statistics.
• Cowboys CB Josh Thomas (UB): A journeyman who has spent time with seven different NFL teams, Thomas suffered a thumb injury in a preseason game and was placed on injured reserve. He has 70 tackles, 13 passes defensed and one interception in 51 career games.
• Chargers RB Branden Oliver (UB): The Chargers placed the third-year running back on injured reserve prior to the start of the season because of a torn Achilles. He has 690 rushing yards, 383 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 22 career games.
Note: UB product Kristjan Sokoli is currently a member of the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad.