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Following the flags: Breaking down the Patriots penalties through four games

10.03.11 at 10:04 pm ET

In their first four games of the season, the Patriots have been flagged for 28 penalties and 268 yards. Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against New England, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
Sergio Brown: two penalties (both defensive pass interference), 51 yards
Matt Light: two penalties (both holding), 20 yards
Nate Solder: two penalties (holding and illegal use of hands), 20 yards
Logan Mankins: two penalties (offensive holding and false start), 15 yards
Rob Gronkowski: two penalties (holding and false start), 15 yards
Brian Waters: two penalties (holding, offensive holding), 15 yards
Dan Gronkowski: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
Leigh Bodden: two penalties (both defensive holding), 10 yards
Pat Chung: one penalty (unncessary roughness), 15 yards
Andre Carter: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
Kyle Love: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
Dan Connolly: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
James Ihedigbo: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Devin McCourty: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Chad Ochocinco: one penalty (illegal formation), five yards
Deion Branch: one penalty (false start), five yards
Vince Wilfork: one penalty (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 yards
Team: one penalty (12 men on the field), 5 yards
Wes Welker: one penalty (illegal motion), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: nine penalties for 80 yards
Safety: four penalties for 76 yards
Tight end: four penalties for 25 yards
Defensive line: three penalties for 32 yards
Cornerback: three penalties for 20 yards
Wide receiver: three penalties for 15 yards
Linebacker: one penalty for 15 yards
Team: one penalty for five yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
Offensive holding: eight
False start: five
Roughing the passer: three
Defensive holding: two
Illegal block above the waist: two
Defensive pass interference: two
Illegal formation: one
Illegal use of hands: one
Unsportsmanlike conduct: one
Unecessary roughness: one
Illegal motion: one
Twelve men in the huddle: one

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