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Following the flags: Which Patriots have been penalized the most this preseason?

08.26.12 at 11:28 am ET

Our weekly ‘€œfollowing the flags’€ feature drew a lot of attention last season, so we decided to bring it back this year. Through three weeks of the preseason, the Patriots have been flagged for 18 penalties for 213 yards. Here’€™s a look on how things break down through three weeks, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
*S Tavon Wilson: two penalties (two pass interference), 63 yards
OT Nate Solder: two penalties (two offensive holding), 20 yards
OT Marcus Cannon: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
Team: two penalties (encroachment, offensive holding), 15 yards
OL Donald Thomas: one penalty (personal foul), 15 yards
DE Jake Bequette: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
OL Dan Connolly: one penalty (chop block), 15 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: one penalty (facemask), 15 yards
CB Marquice Cole: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
CB Sterling Moore, one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
DL Brandon Deaderick, one penalty (defensive offsides), 5 yards
WR Jesse Holley: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
RB Jeff Demps: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
CB Malcolm Williams: one penalty (offensive holding — special teams), 10 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: Six penalties for 65 yards
Cornerback: Three penalties for 25 yards
Safety: Two penalties for 63 yards
Defensive line: Two penalties for 20 yards
Team: Two penalties for 15 yards
Wide receiver: One penalty for 5 yards
Running back: One penalty for 5 yards
Linebacker: One penalty for 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
Offensive holding: Five
False start: Three
Defensive pass interference: Two
Illegal block above the waist: One
Personal foul: One
Roughing the passer: One
Defensive holding: One
Defensive offsides: One
Encroachment: One
Facemask: One
Chop block: One

(*In the preseason opener, Wilson was called for a 46-yard pass interference penalty, but a closer look at the film reveals that it was Sterling Moore who should have been called for the infraction.)

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