Penalty watch: Holding shows up

December, 6, 2012
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A few quick hits that stand out while updating this week's "penalty watch":

1. Some crews call certain penalties a bit tighter than others. Ron Winter's crew penalized the Patriots for three holding infractions. The team had just seven on the season entering the game.

[+] EnlargeKyle Love
Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty ImagesKyle Love drew his second holding penalty of the season against the Dolphins.
2. Defensive lineman Kyle Love (against guard John Jerry) and rookie defensive end Justin Francis (on tight end Anthony Fasano) both drew holding penalties -- Love's second of the season and Francis' first. Both came on run plays.

3. Of the seven penalties against the Patriots in the game, just two came in the second half as the team sharpened its focus in the final 30 minutes.

The full breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count
Brandon Spikes -- 8
Alfonzo Dennard -- 5
Jerod Mayo -- 5
Vince Wilfork -- 5
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 4
Nate Solder -- 4
Kyle Arrington -- 3
Tom Brady -- 3
Ras-I Dowling -- 3
Daniel Fells -- 3
Stevan Ridley -- 3
Donald Thomas -- 3
Sebastian Vollmer -- 3
Patrick Chung -- 2
Jermaine Cunningham -- 2
Nate Ebner-- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Aaron Hernandez -- 2
Chandler Jones -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Sterling Moore -- 2
Aqib Talib -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Jake Bequette -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Dont'a Hightower -- 1
Logan Mankins -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Matthew Slater -- 1
Ryan Wendell-- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1
TEAM -- 3

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 13
Offensive holding -- 10
Defensive pass interference -- 9
Encroachment -- 9
False start -- 8
Illegal contact -- 4
Offensive pass interference -- 4
Unnecessary roughness -- 4
Intentional grounding -- 3
Roughing the passer -- 3
Offside -- 2
Special teams false start -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Chop block -- 1
Face Mask -- 1
Illegal formation -- 1
Illegal motion -- 1
Illegal shift -- 1
Low block -- 1
Offside (special teams) -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams offsides -- 1
12-men-on-the-field -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Jermaine Cunningham -- 4
Chandler Jones -- 3
Vince Wilfork -- 3
Brandon Lloyd -- 2
Kyle Love -- 2
Wes Welker -- 2
Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Justin Francis -- 1
Rob Gronkowski -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Trevor Scott (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1
Brandon Spikes -- 1
(two drawn holdings on special teams vs. Rams unclear)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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