According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Boston Herald is reporting it's a four-year deal worth nearly $14 million that will begin in the 2011 season.


Gostkowski was drafted by the Patriots out of Memphis in the fourth round of the 2006 draft after Adam Vinatieri departed via free agency. He has been the starter ever since, as a competition at the kicker spot with Martin Gramatica was short-lived in the Gostkowski's first preseason. 


FOXBORO — With the preseason halfway done and the regular season just two-plus weeks away, the few starting positions that were up for grabs at the start of the summer are starting to come into a sharper focus. Here’s a look at four positions that were question marks heading into training camp, and where those positional battles now stand.

During the pinnacle years of the Patriots Dynasty... that period in 2003-04 when they won an NFL record 34 games, set a record with 21 straight wins, went undefeated at home and won two Super Bowls...

FOXBORO — In NFL parlance, he is the next man up.

The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon that rookie defensive lineman Kade Weston had cleared waivers and would be placed on the Patriots' injured reserve list for the 2010 season. A seventh-round pick of the Patriots out of the University of Georgia, Weston has struggled to stay on the field since he was drafted this past spring — the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder had a problem reporting to Foxboro because of a work visa issue (he was born in Trinidad & Tobago), and when he did arrive, he opened camp on the physically unable to perform list.

FOXBORO -- Patriots fifth-year running back Laurence Maroney believes he still as the ability to show the Patriots and the rest of the NFL why New England chose him in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Minnesota.


"I know I'm the stuff," Maroney quipped. "I know how good I am."


FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a vote of confidence on Tuesday to Laurence Maroney. 


Belichick, asked if the running back in his fifth year out of Minnesota, had tackled his fumbling issues from last season, indicated that he was pleased with what Maroney has shown so far in camp. 


"Every guy has always got something he can work on and do better," Belichick said. "I think Laurence has worked hard and has been out there every day and taken his reps and I think he's ready to go." 

FOXBORO -- Two time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get the contract he wants from the Patriots.


The Boston Herald, citing friends of Mankins, reported he has saved most of the $7 million he has earned in his five years in the NFL and is in no rush to end his holdout. There is currently a $3.26 million tender offer on the table from the Patriots that Mankins refuses to sign.


"I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show."

Tom Brady when asked on Dennis & Callahan about "Hard Knocks." 



Along the Patriots’ offensive line, change can come at a glacial pace.