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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. Considering the possibility of matching up cornerback Aqib Talib on Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton.

2. How the Patriots might account for the season-ending injury to linebacker Brandon Spikes.

3. Deion Branch signing with the Colts and his possible impact -- on the field and from a Patriots-based intelligence standpoint.

4. Could Ryan Mallett be of interest to the Texans and new head coach Bill O'Brien?

5. Projecting ahead to the draft and the defensive tackle spot.