Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicks off at noon and leads in to tonight's preseason opener against the visiting Jaguars.
There will be plenty to digest in tonight's game, and one of the big themes for the coaching staff will be evaluating some of the younger talent.
Players like rookie left tackle Nate Solder, second-year linebacker Dane Fletcher, rookie tight end Lee Smith and second-year defensive lineman Kade Weston figure to play a lot. This is a chance for coaches to better assess their work.
For a player like Weston, a 2010 seventh-round pick, this is the time to shine to try to earn a roster spot.
Today's lead-in question: Which developmental type player are you most interested in seeing tonight?