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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. Setting up the Monday night matchup against the Panthers.

2. Considering the Panthers' "easier" schedule and how much that has contributed to their success.

3. If Shane Vereen returns to the active roster this week, who might be the odd man out?

4. Do the Patriots have too many special-teams-only players on the roster?

5. Safety Tavon Wilson and his slide down the depth chart.