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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

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. Surgeries for Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and how that could affect them.

2. What's left on the free-agent market? And where do things stand with John Abraham?

3. Is the need for a receiver in the draft overrated? Defensive end, too.

4. Looking at running backs who were brought in for pre-draft visits.

5. Draft-day trades.

6. Why it's unlikely the Patriots would target someone like Margus Hunt in the first round.