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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tackles: Chung on the move

By Mike Reiss


Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesPatrick Chung is climbing the tackles leaderboard.



A weekly look at the Patriots' tackle leaderboard (as credited by coaches after film review):

Defense
CB Devin McCourty -- 41 (32 solo/9 assisted)
S Patrick Chung -- 38 (23/15)
CB Kyle Arrington -- 30 (19/11)
LB Jerod Mayo -- 29 (21/8)
LB Gary Guyton -- 28 (21/7)
LB Brandon Spikes -- 28 (20/8)
DL Vince Wilfork -- 25 (11/14)
DE Andre Carter -- 24 (17/7)
S Sergio Brown -- 21 (16/5)
OLB Rob Ninkovich – 18 (12/6)

Special teams
WR Matthew Slater -- 6 (5/1)
LB Tracy White -- 5 (4/1)
CB Antwuan Molden – 5 (3/2)
CB Kyle Arrington -- 4 (3/1)
Four tied with 3

QUICK HITS: One of the noticeable changes the last two weeks has been the rise of safety Patrick Chung on defense. He missed one game with a thumb injury and is averaging a solid 7.6 tackles per game. … Cornerback Antwaun Molden, who has won practice player of the week honors four of five weeks, has been showing up more on special teams (he plays on kickoff coverage and punt return units).  … Defensive end Mark Anderson leads the team with five quarterback hits, followed by Andre Carter’s four. Anderson’s 3.5 sacks, which have mostly come late in games, lead the team.