Every Saturday, hot topics around the New England Patriots are explored in the form of a mailbag.
Matt, both receiver Malcolm Mitchell and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine were in the locker room on Friday, so they're around and working toward a return to full health (both hoped to return this year). The Patriots only have one injured reserve designated-to-return spot remaining, and if both are ready, it could come down to pure need. Would the Patriots feel a fourth receiver is of greater value than a fourth defensive tackle? The overall health of the roster is always evolving, so that can be a moving target of sorts.