Patriots re-sign Stankiewitch, Zupancic

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With two open roster spots, the Patriots re-signed rookie center Matt Stankiewitch and rookie long snapper Mike Zupancic, coach Bill Belichick announced this morning.

Stankiewitch, who played at Penn State under former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, had been waived after opening training camp on the non-football injury list. He was initially signed May 3 and addresses some concerns with depth along the interior of the line.

Zupancic, who was initially signed by the team on May 3, had been waived last Thursday as the Patriots juggled the back end of their roster with injuries in mind (they needed some offensive linemen after a run of injuries).

Danny Aiken, who has served as the Patriots' snapper in each of the last two seasons, remains the favorite for the job.