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With gates about to lift, questions galore

Mankins at the center of it all for Patriots, who will also have key decision on Light

Updated: July 19, 2011, 1:06 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The fun is about to begin.

With the NFL lockout nearing its end, the Patriots mailbag shifts into a higher gear this week with emailers considering the trickle-down effect this has for the club. Things are going to unfold fast and furious, making this upcoming stretch unlike any other.

One thought that comes to mind is that the Patriots are well-positioned. I think management strategized well over the last few years, setting up a situation where ...

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