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Which Pittsburgh Steelers are among the most penalized players in the NFL?

The referees seem to be doling out more penalties this year than in previous years. How do the Steelers compare to other teams in terms of number of penalties?

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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum is the most penalized tackle in the entire NFL with five penalties for 38 yards over a three-game span. More astoundingly, he's the 13th most-penalized player in the entire league in terms of yardage and second in terms of number. That's right, he has more penalties than a lot of defensive backs prone to costly pass-interference penalties.

Beachum had three penalties in Week 1, none in Week 2, and then two in Week 3 against the Rams. This past week he was called for illegal use of hands and offensive holding.

It hasn't always been this way for the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle. Beachum had fewer penalties in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014 Beachum only had eight penalties for 64 yards, while in 2013, when he started 12 games and played in 15, he had four penalties for thirty yards. But he has fared worse in the first three games of the 2015 season.

Despite Beachum's regression in Week 3, the Steelers have done a better job overall since Week 1, when they had eight penalties for 77 yards. In Week 3, the Steelers were 14th in total yards lost as a result of penalties with only four penalties for 63 yards. Baltimore was the worst offender with 13 penalties for 116 yards. Week 2 went even better with seven penalties for 58 yards. Four of those Week-2 penalties were completely avoidable pre-snap penalties, one on the offensive side of the ball and three on the defensive side of the ball.

Cody Wallace is another highly-penalized player with three penalties for 35 yards. He is the fifth most-penalized offensive lineman and the 18th most-penalized player overall in the NFL through Week 3. In terms of yardage, Antwon Blake's singular 34-yard pass interference penalty puts him 21st in the league, while Cortez Allen is 24th with two penalties for 33 yards.