Penalty watch: False start shows up

October, 11, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots were flagged for six accepted penalties in last Sunday's win over the Broncos, with two of them false starts (on left guard Logan Mankins and left tackle Nate Solder).

Given the up-tempo no-huddle offense the Patriots were using, the two false starts come with the territory and highlight the difficulty of playing a clean game with that approach.

[+] EnlargeNate Solder
AP Photo/Stew MilneNate Solder was called for a false start last week against the Broncos.
Meanwhile, tight end Rob Gronkowski's offensive pass interference penalty was his team-high fourth flag of the season.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 3
Brandon Spikes -- 3
Julian Edelman -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Jerod Mayo -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Nate Ebner -- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Logan Mankins -- 1
Sterling Moore -- 1
Nate Solder -- 1
Donald Thomas -- 1
Ryan Wendell -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 5
Defensive pass interference -- 5
False start -- 4
Offensive holding -- 3
Offensive pass interference -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Encroachment -- 1
Offside -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Roughing the passer -- 1
Special teams false start -- 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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