Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a New England Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET is recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Red-zone woes on offense without TE Rob Gronkowski.
2. Offensive line play has been up and down, making it one of the surprises of the season.
3. Looking ahead to the 2014 NFL draft and positions/prospects that might fit.
4. How important is a first-round playoff bye?
5. Receiver Julian Edelman as he approaches free agency.