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. Thoughts on Aaron Hernandez and his involvement in an ongoing criminal investigation.
2. Linebacker Brandon Spikes, mandatory minicamp, and his future.
3. Identifying undrafted free agents who could break through on the final roster.
4. Young receivers and tight ends, and picking up the Patriots' offense.
5. A closer look at the tight end depth chart.