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How the NFL locals fared: 2017 year in review

Throughout the 2017 season, The Buffalo News tracked the performances of players from both Western New York and local colleges who are currently in the NFL. Here are their results from the regular season and playoffs.

• Eagles S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native appeared in 14 games with one start in the regular season, making 38 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed. He played 367 defensive snaps (36 percent) and 180 on special teams (39 percent). Graham played in all three of the Eagles' postseason games, including Sunday's Super Bowl win, totaling 15 tackles and one interception, which came in the NFC Championship Game.

• Eagles DE Steven Means: The Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate appeared in six games during the regular season, playing 53 defensive snaps (5 percent) and 50 on special teams (11 percent). He finished with three tackles and one sack. Means was inactive during the Eagles' three postseason wins.

• Browns C J.C. Tretter: The Akron product started and played all 1,068 offensive snaps for the team this year. The Browns became just the second team in NFL history to 0-16 in a season. Tretter signed with Cleveland in the offseason after spending the first four years of his career with the Packers, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

• Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst finished with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season, playing 14 games and taking 905 offensive snaps (79 percent). In three postseason games, Gronk had 16 catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns, including a huge game in the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles (nine catches, 116 yards, two touchdowns).

• Titans P Brett Kern: The Grand Island native made the AFC Pro Bowl squad after leading the NFL with a 44.6-yard net average during the regular season. Kern punted 75 times for 3,728 yards, a gross average of 49.7 yards. He placed 28 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In two playoff games, Kern punted 10 times for 447 yards, a gross average of 44.7 and net of 41.2, with four punts inside the 20.

• Titans RB David Fluellen: The Lockport native finished with four carries for 21 yards in the regular season. He appeared in all 16 games, mostly on special teams. Fluellen played 17 offensive snaps (1.7 percent) and 317 on special teams (67 percent) in the regular season. He was active for both of Tennessee's playoff games, but did not record any offensive statistics.

Local college players

• Raiders DE Khalil Mack (University at Buffalo): The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Oakland, Mack started all 16 games for the Raiders, just as he has in all four seasons of his career. He finished 2017 with 78 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. Mack played 931 defensive snaps (90 percent) and 85 on special teams (20 percent).

• Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Canisius): A former basketball player at Canisius, Manhertz appeared in 15 games in the regular season with four starts. He finished with two catches for 17 yards, playing primarily as a blocker. He missed Carolina's playoff game at New Orleans because of a high ankle sprain. He took 291 offensive snaps (29 percent) and 114 on special teams (2016) during the regular season.

• Chargers RB Branden Oliver (UB): Oliver appeared in eight games, carrying 35 times for 83 yards. He also caught six passes for 26 yards. He played 106 offensive snaps (10 percent) and 34 on special teams (8 percent).

Note: Former UB tight end Mason Schreck spent the season on injured reserve with the Bengals because of a knee injury.

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