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. Tom Brady -- how many solid years left in his career?
2. Ed Reed and the possibility he signs with the Patriots next season.
3. Running back Stevan Ridley and riding through some early-career stumbles.
4. Identifying two receivers in the draft that catch the eye and we want to learn more about -- Marquise Goodwin (Texas) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
5. Contemplating the franchise tag for CB Aqib Talib.
6. Alfonzo Dennard as a solid seventh-round value and other late-round success stories under Bill Belichick.