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, can be recapped here and included the following topics:

1. There's only one cure for the illness "list-itis" -- actual football.

2. Assessing levels of concern with players placed on the physically-unable-to-perform and non-football-illness lists.

3. Revisiting one "bold prediction" on veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

4. When it comes to the Patriots' defense, is talk of a potential No. 1 ranking justified?

5. How Coach K, LeBron James, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are linked.

6. QB Ryan Mallett's potential value as a free agent next year.

7. Nate Solder and the idea of an offensive lineman serving as a blocking-type tight end at times.