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. Picking some surprise players in 2012 (lot of Jake Bequette picks).
2. Brian Waters, Andre Carter and the future.
3. Backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, and what's ahead.
4. Drafting and developing a young receiver -- how important?
5. Deion Branch vs. Donte' Stallworth -- who sticks?