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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for the 2013 season

12.24.13 at 11:30 am ET
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Through 15 games, the Patriots have been flagged for 65 penalties (tied for second-best in the league) for a total of 594 yards (third-best in the league). Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
CB Aqib Talib: six penalties (defensive pass interference, unnecessary roughness, four defensive holding), 73 yards
OL Logan Mankins: five penalties (two offensive holding, unnecessary roughness, false start, clipping), 55 yards
Team: four penalties (illegal shift, offensive holding, personal foul, 12 men on the field), 35 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: three penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding, running into the kicker), 30 yards
OL Dan Connolly: three penalties (two false starts, illegal block above the waist), 20 yards
WR Julian Edelman: three penaltes (illegal shift, offensive holding, false start), 20 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: five penalties (four false starts, one offensive holding), 26 yards
DT Chris Jones: three penalties (offensive holding, unsportsmanlike conduct, neutral zone infraction), 30 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: three penalties (two offensive holding, one offensive holding), 25 yards
DL Chandler Jones: two penalties (roughing the passer, neutral zone infraction), 20 yards
S Duron Harmon: two penalties (offensive holding and illegal block above the waist’€“special teams), 18 yards
QB Tom Brady: two penalties (delay of game, intentional grounding), 16 yards
OL Nate Solder: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
CB Marquice Cole: three penalties (12 men on the field, defensive offsides, illegal touch kick), 10 yards
S Steve Gregory: two penalty (two defensive pass interference), 53 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: one penalty (facemask), 15 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: one penalty (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
S Nate Ebner: one penalty (illegal block above the waist’€“special teams), 10 yards
LB Jamie Collins: one penalty (illegal block above the waist’€“special teams), 10 yards
S Tavon Wilson: one penalty (offensive holding’€“special teams) 10 yards
LB Chris White: one penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
S Kanorris Davis: one penalty (illegal formation), 5 yards
S Devin McCourty: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
WR Danny Amendola: one penalty (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
TE Matthew Mulligan: one penalty (offensive holding) 10 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (defensive pass interference) 6 yards
LB Dane Fletcher: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 2 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 141 yards
Cornerback: 128 yards
Safety: 81 yards
Defensive line: 56 yards
Linebacker: 47 yards
Wide receiver: 40 yards
Team: 35 yards
Tight end: 30 yards
Quarterback: 16 yards

Most frequently called penalties
Offensive holding: 13
False start: 12
Defensive holding: Six
Defensive pass interference: Six
Illegal block above the waist: Four
Unnecessary roughness: Four
Twelve men on the field: Two
Illegal shift: Two
Offensive Pass Interference: Two
Neutral zone infraction: Two
Roughing the passer: One
Illegal formation: One
Facemask: One
Delay of game: One
Unsportsmanlike conduct: One
Personal foul: One
Running into the kicker: One
Illegal use of hands: One
Clipping: One
Intentional grounding: One
Defensive offsides: One
Illegal touch kick: One

By way of comparison, here’s a look at penalty information through 15 games last season.

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