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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders have done best job getting after QB in 2013?

10.01.13 at 12:38 pm ET
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Every week over the course of the 2013 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. While sacks can be overrated, when evaluated as part of a bigger picture that includes quarterback hits and quarterback pressures (the latter courtesy of Pro Football Focus), it should provide a good picture as to which defenders are consistently able to get after the quarterback. Through three games, the Patriots have nine sacks (tied for 20th), 26 quarterback hits and 44 quarterback hurries. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a quick look at some pass-rush numbers for the Patriots to this point in the 2013 season:

Quarterback sacks
DL Chandler Jones: 3 (20.5 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 1.5 (6.5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (13 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (1 yard)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 0.5 (1 yard)

Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 8
DL Tommy Kelly: 5
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4
DE Michael Buchanan: 4
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 15
DE Chandler Jones: 13
DL Tommy Kelly: 4
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DE Michael Buchanan: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DE Jake Bequette: 1
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1
LB Brandon Spikes: 1

By way of comparison, here’€™s a look at the pass rush numbers through three games in 2012.

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