Gostkowski deserving of new contract

Kicker position an important part of Patriots roster, and now it shows

Updated: August 29, 2010, 7:25 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Continuing a tradition of producing a special section to reflect the opening of another football season, editors and sports writers at one of Boston's major newspapers gathered in a meeting room one summer day.

The year was 2006, and the New England Patriots were coming off a 10-6 season that ended with a divisional-round playoff loss at Denver.

No definitive theme for the section initially came to the fore. Then, as the ideas started to flow around the room, one began picking up ...

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