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. Brian Waters and the makeup of the offensive line.
2. Early signs on the defense -- some promise.
3. Running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, and how their playing time might shake out.
4. Linebacker Brandon Spikes and motivation.
5. Rookie safety Tavon Wilson and impressions of his training camp.