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 Seven:
• Bills S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native tied for the team lead with eight tackles and had three passes defensed in his team’s 28-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Graham played 72 of 73 defensive snaps and another six snaps on special teams (19 percent) in the loss.
• Packers RB James Starks: A Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, Starks missed his second straight game because of a knee injury. The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 26-10. Starks 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 87 offensive snaps in the win over the Bears.
• Packers P Jacob Schum:The Hamburg native and graduate of both Frontier High School and the University at Buffalo had to punt just once for the second straight game, but it was a good one, going for 46 yards without a return.
• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski:The Amherst native caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 27-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gronk played 52 offensive snaps (91 percent), and one on special teams.
• Titans P Brett Kern:The Grand Island native punted four times for 188 yards in a 34-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Three of the four punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, and he had a net average of 42.5 yards.
• Ravens G/C John Urschel:The Canisius High School product, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, started at left guard – a week after starting at right tackle -- and played all 57 offensive snaps in a 24-16 loss to the New York Jets. Urschel also played four snaps on special teams (13 percent).
• Eagles LB Steven Means:The Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate took just five defensive snaps (7 percent) in a 21-10 win over Minnesota, but made them count with his first sack of the season. Means also played four snaps on special teams (17 percent).
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 three tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits in a 33-16 victory over Jacksonville. Mack played 60 defensive snaps (90 percent) and another four on special teams (11 percent).
• Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Canisius):A former basketball player at Canisius, Manhertz was claimed by the Carolina Panthers last week after being released by the New Orleans Saints. The Panthers were on a bye week. Manhertz 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.