Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Looking at the offer sheet to WR Emmanuel Sanders from all angles.
2. How the acquisition of Sanders might affect the team's thinking of drafting a receiver early.
3. Adding a coverage linebacker and considering if the solution is already in-house.
4. Setting the value point in which the Patriots might consider trading quarterback Ryan Mallett.
5. Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are still unsigned and could help the pass rush.
6. Exploring the possible impact of free-agent DT Tommy Kelly.