Penalty watch: Cunningham's rise

October, 4, 2012
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The impact of having regular officials back on the field showed itself during the Patriots' 52-28 win over the Bills. There were fewer flags (just one on the Patriots) and a better pace of game.

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Kellen Micah\Icon SMIJermaine Cunningham drew another holding penalty against the Bills.
Also of note this week is that third-year defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, who has carved out a role as an interior rusher in sub packages, takes the team lead after drawing his team-high third holding penalty.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count
Rob Gronkowski -- 3
Brandon Spikes -- 3
Julian Edelman -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Jerod Mayo -- 2
Devin McCourty -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Sterling Moore -- 1
Donald Thomas -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 5
Defensive pass interference -- 4
False start -- 2
Offensive holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Encroachment -- 1
Offensive pass interference -- 1
Offside -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Roughing the passer -- 1
Special teams false start -- 1
Special teams holding -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams offsides -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Jermaine Cunningham -- 3
Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Rob Gronkowski -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Brandon Lloyd -- 1
Wes Welker -- 1

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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