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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Overcoming injuries on defense and more on potential Jerod Mayo replacements Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher.

2. Running back Stevan Ridley running with a purpose.

3. Linebacker Brandon Spikes as a key member of the Vince Wilfork-less run defense.

4. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and all-over-the-map stories about his recovery and potential return.

5. Concern with running backs in blitz pickup.