by Rob Toledo Rob Toledo

With the 2016-2017 NFL season coming to a close, we wanted to break down everyone’s favorite NFL data… penalties!

Below you will find a breakdown of the All-Penalty NFL Team™, showing the position leaders in penalties.


Full data, individual penalty leaders by position (defense):

Player Pos. Team Flags Yards
TJ Green FS Colts 5 67
Jonathan Cyprien SS Jaguars 7 88
Malcom Smith LB Raiders 8 82
Willie Young LB Bears 8 58
Alec Ogletree LB Rams 7 75
Nevin Lawson CB Lions 6 134
Robert Alford CB Falcons 10 132
Jerry Hughes DE Bills 8 80
Dante Fowler DE Jaguars 8 70
Aaron Donald DT Rams 8 97
Jordan Philips DT Dolphins 9 65

Full data, individual penalty leaders by position (offense):

Player Pos. Team Flags Yards
Drew Brees QB Saints 10 78
Jay Ajayi RB Dolphins 5 65
Jay Prosch FB Texans 1 15
Michael Crabtree WR Raiders 10 108
Anquan Boldin WR Lions 8 81
Jermaine Gresham TE Cardinals 9 82
Taylor Lewan T Titans 12 123
Ereck Flowers T Giants 13 107
Vadal Alexander G Raiders 10 83
David DeCastro G Steelers 12 82
Richie Incognito C Bills 7 75

Full data, individual penalty leaders by position (special teams):

Player Position Team Flags Yards
Drew Kaser P Chargers 3 15
Jason Myers K Jaguars 2 10
Morgan Cox LS Ravens 3 25

Quick facts:

  • Between all the players on the 2016 All Penalties Team, there were 1897 total penalty yards called against them (The Oakland Raiders led the league in 2016, with 1310 total yards).
  • There were 189 total flags called against the 2016 All Penalties Team (The Oakland Raiders led actual NFL teams in 2016 with 181 flags).
  • Nevin Lawson was the most penalized player by yards in the NFL, giving up 134 total yards over six penalties.
  • Ereck Flowers, New York Giants Tackle, was called for the most penalties with 13 flags.