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Weekly Patriots mail is delivered

Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:

1. Bill Belichick as a Coach of the Year candidate at the midpoint.

2. Tom Brady answering his critics with a strong performance against the Steelers.

3. Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins' slide down the depth chart.

4. Rookie linebacker Jamie Collins and his diminishing playing time.

5. Third-and-long struggles for the defense.

6. Far-removed thoughts on the issues facing the Dolphins with Richie Incognito.