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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

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, can be recapped here, and includes some of the following topics:

1. Projecting players who could receive more opportunities with Rob Gronkowski injured.

2. Rookie receiver Josh Boyce and the potential for him to play more after a solid performance against the Browns.

3. Tight end D.J. Williams signing a two-year contract, through 2014, and projecting needs at the position in the future.

4. Assessing the big picture with the Patriots and if their Super Bowl hopes are realistic.

5. Bill Belichick's coaching job -- his best ever?

6. Can running back Danny Woodhead, now in San Diego, help the Patriots tonight with a big effort against the Broncos?