Throughout the 2019 season, The Buffalo News will track the performances of players from Western New York and local colleges who are in the NFL. Here are their results from Week 11.
• Cleveland Browns C J.C. Tretter: The Akron product started and played all 71 offensive snaps for the Browns in a 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.
• Cleveland Browns TE Stephen Carlson: The Jamestown native's first career catch went for a touchdown against the Steelers. Carlson played 12 offensive snaps (17%) against Pittsburgh and seven on special teams (27%). His touchdown catch was the only time he was targeted.
• Tennessee Titans P Brett Kern: The Grand Island native was on a bye with the Titans in Week 11. Kern leads the NFL with 28 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. His net average of 43.3 yards ranks third in the NFL.
• Cincinnati Bengals QB Jake Dolegala: The Hamburg native and St. Francis High School graduate was inactive for the Bengals in a 17-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
• Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison: The Niagara Falls native and Canisius High School graduate scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on a 2-yard run in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers. Ollison, a fifth-round rookie from Pittsburgh, was active for just the second time this season. His touchdown came on his first career carry. He finished with four carries for 11 yards, playing 12 offensive snaps (18%) and nine on special teams (39%).
• Indianapolis Colts QB Chad Kelly: The St. Joe's product was inactive for the Colts in a 33-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kelly was promoted from the Colts' practice squad to their 53-man roster in advance of the Week 10 game against Miami. With starter Jacoby Brissett back in Week 11, Kelly was inactive, with Brian Hoyer serving as the backup.
Local college players
• Chicago Bears DE Khalil Mack (University at Buffalo): The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Mack did not record any statistics in a 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. He played 47 defensive snaps (85%) and five on special teams (20%).
• Carolina Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (Canisius College): A former basketball player at Canisius, Manhertz played nine offensive snaps (12%) in a 29-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He also played one snap on special teams (4%). He did not record any statistics.
Notes: Ryan Hunter, a Canisius High School graduate, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of their Week 6 game against Houston after starting the season on the 53-man roster and appearing in three games. Hunter, an offensive guard, was re-signed to the Chiefs' practice squad. ... Buffalo native Jody Fortson, a South Park High School graduate, is also on the Chiefs' practice squad. Fortson is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound wide receiver. ... Demone Harris, a Timon graduate and University at Buffalo product, is a member of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. Harris, a linebacker, started the season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster, appearing in one game. ... Lockport native David Fluellen, a running back for the Tennessee Titans, was placed on injured reserve by the team ahead of its Week 5 loss to the Bills with a knee injury. ... Buffalo native and former UB defensive end Steven Means is on the Atlanta Falcons’ injured reserve because of an Achilles injury. … Former UB cornerback Cam Lewis is a member of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. … Former UB receiver Anthony Johnson is a member of the Los Angeles Chargers’ practice squad. … Former UB tight end Mason Schreck is on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad.
Story topics: Anthony Johnson/ Brett Kern/ Cam Lewis/ Chad Kelly/ Chris Manhertz/ David Fluellen/ Demone Harris/ J.C. Tretter/ Jake Dolegala/ Jody Fortson/ Khalil Mack/ Mason Schreck/ Qadree Ollison/ Ryan Hunter/ Stephen Carlson/ Steven Means