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 16:
• Bills S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native had seven tackles in a 34-31 overtime loss to the Dolphins. He played 68 of 69 defensive snaps, and also participated in 11 snaps on special teams (31 percent).
• Packers RB James Starks: A Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, Starks missed Green Bay's 38-25 win over Minnesota, his second straight game out of the lineup because of a car accident he was involved in Dec. 12 that left him with a concussion. For the season, Starks has rushed 63 times for 145 yards and caught 19 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
• Packers C/G J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2013, missed his eighth straight game because of a knee injury. Tretter has started seven games this season for the Packers.
• Packers P Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and graduate of both Frontier High School and the University at Buffalo punted six times for 259 yards against the Vikings. He averaged 43.2 gross yards and 36.5 net yards, with a long punt of 49 yards. Two of his six punts pinned the Vikings inside their 20-yard line.
• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native was placed on injured reserve following back surgery prior to Week 13. He finishes his 2016 season with 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns.
• Titans P Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted seven times for 313 yards in a 38-17 loss to Jacksonville. Kern averaged 44.7 gross yards and 43.3 net yards, placing three punts inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line.
• Ravens G/C John Urschel: The Canisius High School product, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, played six snaps on special teams (19 percent) in a 31-27 loss to Pittsburgh. He did not appear on offense.
• Eagles LB Steven Means: The Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate was inactive for 24-19 victory over the New York Giants. Means has three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in seven games this season.
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 and two quarterback hits in a 33-25 victory over Indianapolis. He played 48 of 55 defensive snaps (87 percent) and another four (15 percent) on special teams.
• Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Canisius): A former basketball player at Canisius, Manhertz had one catch for 10 yards in Carolina's 33-16 loss to Atlanta. It was the first career catch for Manhertz, who played five offensive snaps (7 percent) and 12 on special teams (39 percent).
• Colts DE Kristjan Sokoli (UB): Sokoli was inactive for the Colts against the Raiders in his first game since being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
• Cowboys CB Josh Thomas (UB): A journeyman who has spent time with seven 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.