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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a New England Patriots chat. The chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Comparing how the Patriots brought Jamie Collins along in 2013 and what we might see from Dominique Easley in 2014.

2. Has the production and performance matched the hype with rookie RB James White?

3. Dreaming about Tony Gonzalez in a Patriots uniform.

4. Debating the pick of QB Jimmy Garoppolo compared to a position player like TE C.J. Fiedorowicz.

5. Running back Stevan Ridley and ball security.

6. What happens when a player's cell phone goes off in a team meeting?

7. Reason for concern, or optimism, along the offensive line?

8. Safety Nate Ebner and if he might emerge as more of a contributor on defense.