Penalty watch: Welker & holding

October, 20, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When updating the Patriots' weekly "penalty watch", one aspect that stood out was the team drawing five holding penalties in Sunday's win over the Cowboys. Four of those holds were drawn by defensive linemen (Andre Carter, Vince Wilfork, Gerard Warren, Shaun Ellis), while the other was drawn by receiver Wes Welker.

On the season, Welker has drawn a team-high three holding penalties on the opposition.

A look at the updated "penalty watch":

David Butler II/US PresswireDefensive backs are doing everything they can to hang on to Wes Welker.
Totals
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Nate Solder -- 4
Leigh Bodden -- 3
Deion Branch -- 2
Sergio Brown -- 2
Patrick Chung -- 2
Dane Fletcher -- 2
Chad Ochocinco -- 2
Matt Light -- 2
Logan Mankins -- 2
Devin McCourty -- 2
Brian Waters -- 2
Wes Welker -- 2
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Tom Brady -- 1
Andre Carter -- 1
Dan Connolly -- 1
Jermaine Cunningham -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Dan Gronkowski -- 1
Aaron Hernandez -- 1
James Ihedigbo -- 1
Kyle Love -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1
TEAM -- 2

Penalties
False start -- 10
Offensive holding -- 9
Defensive pass interference -- 3
Illegal block above waist -- 3
Roughing the passer -- 3
Defensive holding -- 2
Illegal contact -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Unnecessary roughness -- 2
12-men on the field (illegal substitution) -- 2
Delay of game -- 1
Face mask -- 1
Illegal formation -- 1
Illegal motion -- 1
Illegal use of hands -- 1
Offside -- 1
Unsportsmanlike conduct -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Wes Welker -- 3
Albert Haynesworth -- 2
Rob Ninkovich -- 2
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Andre Carter -- 1
Dane Fletcher -- 1
Jerod Mayo -- 1
Gerard Warren -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1
TEAM - 1*
* Special teams holding against the Jets' Patrick Turner was inconclusive on TV replay.

(Includes offsetting, declined and superseded penalties.)

NOTES: False start penalties are usually associated with offensive linemen, but the Patriots have had quite a few on receivers and tight ends. The higher-than-normal total seems to be a reflection on the faster pace the offense has been adopting for significant chunks of time. ... Rookie right tackle Nate Solder's holding penalty vs. the Cowboys moves him into a first-place tie atop the penalty watch. ... For the second week in a row, Dane Fletcher picked up a special teams penalty.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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