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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders have done best job getting after QB this season?

10.29.13 at 11:51 am ET

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 eight games, the Patriots have 24 sacks (tied for 8th), 48 quarterback hits and 83 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: 6.5 (45.5 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 4.5 (32 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 2.5 (14.5 yards)
CB Logan Ryan: 2 (18 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 2 (11 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1.5 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (13 yards)
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1 (9 yards)
LB Dane Fletcher: 1 (7 yards)

Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 13
DE Rob Ninkovich: 9
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 5
DL Chris Jones: 5
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3
DL Joe Vellano: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Logan Ryan: 1
LB: Dane Fletcher: 1
S Steve Gregory: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 26
DE Chandler Jones: 17
DL Joe Vellano: 8
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Jamie Collins: 3
DE Michael Buchanan: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Brandon Spikes: 2
CB Devin McCourty: 2
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Marquice Cole: 1

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