Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a 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. Thoughts on the receiver position, from Michael Jenkins to Aaron Dobson.
2. Veteran safety Adrian Wilson and some first impressions from his time on the practice field.
3. A snapshot look at the cornerback position and where Ras-I Dowling might fall.
4. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and his upcoming back surgery.
5. Linebacker Brandon Spikes' absence from voluntary organized team activities.
6. More on tight end Jake Ballard and what type of traits he has that could benefit the Patriots.