Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. This week's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and includes some of the following topics:
1. Closer look at the backup quarterback spot and if a trade is an option.
2. Thoughts on Vince Wilfork and the University of Miami.
3. The tight end position and whether the Patriots would keep 2, 3 or 4.
4. Brandon Meriweather and the safety position.
5. Why the Patriots like Matthew Slater so much on special teams.