Can we expect a better defense?

Updated: July 24, 2012, 2:09 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

A few topics come to the forefront when recapping the Patriots' offseason as the team nears its first official practice of training camp Thursday.

The one that stands out the most -- defense -- leads off this week's mailbag.

The 2012 Patriots season is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. One of the main areas we'll be watching is whether some of the alterations and injections of youth on defense make a difference.

The mailbag will be published every Tuesday throughout ...

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