Mailbag: Will youth be served?

Updated: May 4, 2010, 8:59 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Are the New England Patriots Super Bowl contenders?

That was the question that stood out from this week's mailbag, especially when considering the youth that has been added to the team over the last two drafts (24 picks).

The way I look at it, if the league were split up into three categories -- contenders, middle-of-the-road, and in-the-basement -- I'd still put the Patriots in the contenders category. They just wouldn't be at the top of that category.

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