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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2012 season

10.09.12 at 8:14 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski

Through five weeks, the Patriots have been flagged for 28 penalties (28th in the league) for a total of 232 yards (25th in the league). Here’s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots this year, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
TE Rob Gronkowski: four penalties (two offensive holding, false start, offensive pass interference), 30 yards
CB Devin McCourty: three penalties (defensive holding, two defensive pass interference), 51 yards
WR Julian Edelman: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 15 yards
Team: two penalties (illegal formation, illegal block above the waist), 15 yards
ST Niko Koutouvides: two penalties (defensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 14 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: two penalties (defensive pass interference) 8 yards
S Steve Gregory: one penalty (personal foul), 15 yards
S Tavon Wilson: one penalty (offensive holding–punt return team), 10 yards
CB Ras-I Dowling: one penalty (defensive pass interference) 9 yards
LB Brandon Spikes: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
DE Chandler Jones: one penalty (defensive offsides) 5 yards
LS Danny Aiken: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
OL Donald Thomas: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
DL Vince Wilfork: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
G Logan Mankins: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
ST Nate Ebner: one penalty (offensive holding), 5 yards
OT Nate Solder: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
C Ryan Wendell: one penalty (offensive holding), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Cornerback: Five penalties for 65 yards
Specialists (punter, kicker, long snapper, kick/punt units): Five penalties for 34 yards
Tight end: Four penalties for 30 yards
Offensive line: Four penalties for 20 yards
Linebacker: Three penalties for 13 yards
Team: Two penalties for 15 yards
Wide receiver: Two penalties for 15 yards
Defensive line: Two penalties for 10 yards
Safety: One penalty for 15 yards

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

Notes: By way of comparison, through five games last year, the Patriots had 34 penalties and 318 penalty yards. This year, through five games, they have been flagged for 28 penalties and 232 yards. (Here’s a look at the Patriots penalty information through the first five games of the 2011 season.) … Four Patriots were called for their first penalties of the season last week against the Broncos: Mankins, Ebner, Solder and Wendell. It’s interesting to note that Wendell and Solder — who have played every offensive snap this season — picked up their first penalties of the season on Sunday.

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