Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Second-round picks Ras-I Dowling and Shane Vereen possibly under the spotlight tonight.
2. Free-agent guards and how that could be an area the Patriots target.
3. Cornerback Leigh Bodden and his injury status.
4. Taking a guess at playing time tonight for top players.
5. Nate Solder at right guard -- a good idea?
6. Chad Ochocinco and his adjustment in the team's offense.