Mike Pennel
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Pennel with the Green Bay Packers in 2015
No. 64 – Chicago Bears
Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1991-05-09) May 9, 1991 (age 31)
Topeka, Kansas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:332 lb (151 kg)
Career information
High school:Grandview (Aurora, Colorado)
College:CSU Pueblo,
Arizona State
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:175
Sacks:2.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael Maurice Pennel Jr. (born May 9, 1991) is an American football nose tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Colorado State University Pueblo and was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

College career

Pennel played college football at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona State University and Colorado State University Pueblo. He was suspended indefinitely by Arizona State in 2012 for comments he made over Twitter and transferred to Colorado State University Pueblo.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+14 in
(1.94 m)
332 lb
(151 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
5.23 s 1.82 s 3.03 s 4.84 s 7.94 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
23 reps
All values are from NFL Combine[2][3]

Green Bay Packers

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Pennel signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 12, 2014.[4] Pennel joined Jayrone Elliott as undrafted players to make the Packers roster. During his rookie season in 2014, Pennel made 13 game appearances with 8 tackles. In 2015, Pennel appeared in all 16 games, starting 5 of them with 24 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.[5]

On February 19, 2016, Pennel was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.[6] Pennel was then suspended for the final four games of the 2016 season for again violating the league's substance abuse policy.[7] In eight games of 2016, Pennel finished with seven tackles and a pass defended.[8]

On January 9, 2017, Pennel was released by the Packers.[9]

New York Jets

On February 6, 2017, Pennel was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.[10] He re-signed with the Jets on March 16, 2017.[11] He played in all 16 games in 2017, recording a career-high 35 tackles.

On March 16, 2018, Pennel signed a three-year contract with the Jets.[12]

On February 19, 2019, the Jets declined the option on Pennel's contract, making him a free agent at the start of the new league year.[13]

New England Patriots

On March 14, 2019, Pennel signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots.[14] On August 26, 2019, Pennel was released by the Patriots.[15]

Kansas City Chiefs

On October 19, 2019, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Pennel.[16]

On January 19, 2020, Pennel helped the Chiefs reach the Super Bowl after helping defeat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game.[17] In Super Bowl LIV, Pennel recorded one tackle in the Chiefs 31–20 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.[18]

On April 6, 2020, Pennel was re-signed to a one-year contract.[19] He was suspended for the first two games of the 2020 season on August 25, 2020.[20] He was reinstated from suspension and activated to the roster on September 23, 2020.[21]

Chicago Bears

On June 18, 2021, Pennel signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.[22] He was placed on injured reserve on August 24, 2021.[23] He was released on August 31.

Atlanta Falcons

On September 15, 2021, Pennel was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.[24] On October 5, 2021, Pennel was promoted to the Falcons active roster.[25]

Chicago Bears (second stint)

Pennel signed with the Chicago Bears on June 13, 2022.[26]

Statistics

Source: NFL.com

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
Regular season
2014 GB 13 0 8 7 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 16 5 25 16 9 1.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2016 GB 8 0 7 5 2 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 NYJ 16 3 35 20 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 NYJ 16 7 27 16 11 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2019 KC 8 0 24 13 11 1.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 KC 14 1 29 13 16 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2021 ATL 10 0 20 9 11 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 101 16 175 99 76 2.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Postseason
2014 GB 2 0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 2 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2019 KC 3 2 7 2 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 KC 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 0 11 5 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Haller, Doug (October 3, 2012). "ASU's Mike Pennel suspended indefinitely". azcentral.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Mike Pennel | Combine Results | DT - Colorado State-Pueblo".
  3. ^ "Mike Pennel – Colorado State-Pueblo, DT : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Packers announce roster moves". Packers.com. May 12, 2014. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Mike Pennel 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  6. ^ Ortega, Mark (February 19, 2016). "Packers' Mike Pennel suspended four games". NFL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Demovsky, Rob (December 6, 2016). "Mike Pennel suspended 4 games, his 2nd suspension of 2016". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mike Pennel 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Packers release DT Mike Pennel". Packers.com. January 9, 2017. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (February 7, 2017). "Jets Claim DL Mike Pennel". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Alper, Josh (March 16, 2017). "Jets sign Mike Pennel". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (March 16, 2018). "Jets re-sign Mike Pennel". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  13. ^ Allen, Eric (February 19, 2019). "Jets Decline Options on LB Pierre-Louis, DT Pennel and S Brooks". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  14. ^ Hart, Andy (March 14, 2019). "Reports: Patriots sign DL Mike Pennel, TE Matt LaCosse and WR Maurice Harris". Patriots.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Patriots Release DL Mike Pennel Jr". Patriots.com. August 26, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  16. ^ Goldman, Charles (October 19, 2019). "Report: Chiefs to sign DT Mike Pennel, release DT Terrell McClain". ChiefsWire.USAToday.com. USA Today. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "AFC Championship – Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – January 19th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  18. ^ "Super Bowl LIV – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – February 2nd, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  19. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (March 25, 2020). "Mike Pennel re-signing with Chiefs on one-year deal". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  20. ^ Teicher, Adam (August 25, 2020). "Chiefs DL Mike Pennel suspended for first two games". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  21. ^ "Chiefs' Mike Pennel: Back with team". CBSSports.com. September 23, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  22. ^ Mayer, Larry (June 18, 2021). "Roster Moves: Bears sign three free agents". Chicago Bears. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  23. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 24, 2021). "Roster Moves: Bears reach mandatory 80-man limit". ChicagoBears.com.
  24. ^ "Falcons make roster moves on practice squad". AtlantaFalcons.com. September 15, 2021.
  25. ^ "Isaiah Oliver headed to injured reserve with knee injury". AtlantaFalcons.com. October 5, 2021.
  26. ^ Mayer, Larry (June 13, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears sign Pennel, release Attaochu". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved June 15, 2022.