Wednesday New England Patriots Links 2/9

Ian Logue
February 09, 2011 at 11:27am ET

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After a quick spin around the internet this morning, it's a short list - but here are today's Patriots headlines.

NESN Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe is giving fans the chance once again to submit questions for this week's mailbag.  He covered some interesting topics in last week's edition, so if you have a question you'd like to ask be sure and fire it off.

Howe also writes that the addition of Drew Stanton could add some interesting competition at the back-up quarterback position.

Mike Reiss of published his own mailbag this morning, and covers a long list of topics, including the fact that some of Robert Kraft's comments over the weekend raised some eyebrows.

Erik Scalavino of has this week's edition of "ASK PFW",and looks at potential players who could be Patriots next season.

DJ Bean of has a Mock Draft this morning, which includes the Patriots taking OT Anthony Castonzo out of Boston College at 17, and then has OLB Akeem Ayers out of UCLA being taken at 28.

Mike Rodak has a look at the wide receiver position, and discusses some potential free agents who New England may target this offseason.

Christopher Price discusses the possibility of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley playing in Foxboro.

Howe also has an article on Woodley, comparing him to Adalius Thomas and feels it's probably unlikely he'll land here along with "18 other thoughts".

Tim Graham of ESPN writes that while he's heard talk about the possibility of Drew Bledsoe ending up in the Hall of Fame, he feels it's not likely that the former Patriots QB will end up in Canton.

Price also has an article on former Patriot Ray Lucas, who is in rhab battling addiction.

Price also reports that the Patriots were close to a deal during last year's draft to acquire tight end Greg Olson for a 2nd round pick.  Instead, the Patriots decided to draft Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona in the second round and Florida’s Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round.

Erik Scalavino of has an article on the tight ends, and breaks down the performance of each one this season.

And finally, the Boston Business Journal writes that Patriots and Red Sox fans bought quite a few lottery tickets this season, with sales of tickets bearing the logos of Boston's pro sports team accounting for more than half of $763 million that has been spent on 51 licensed team-based lottery games now in retail stores across the country.

That's it for this morning. Hope everyone has a good day and be sure to tell a friend to check here each morning throughout the offseason and spread the word. You can also follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @patsfans or you can follow me at @ianlogue.