Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer 218d

Patriots WR Chris Hogan's shoulder responds well to week of practice

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.

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