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. With all the predictions about drafting a safety early, what about 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson?
2. Backup quarterback chatter -- potential trade interest in Ryan Mallett and the idea of a Matt Cassel return.
3. Potential changes in the WR corps and the hope of adding size and speed -- not an easy thing to do.
4. Rob Gronkowski making headlines -- off the field.
5. The idea of a "big" defensive lineman being on the radar, with the future in mind.
6. The every-year lightning rod for the Patriots -- the offensive coordinator. Josh McDaniels, step right up.
7. Bend-but-don't-break defensive philosophy.
8. Exploring the franchise tag for cornerback Aqib Talib.