Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com there is a New England Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 1 p.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. First-round draft choice Dominique Easley and the increasing value of the penetrating defensive lineman.
3. Should the Patriots have given more consideration to signing undrafted Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla?
4. Rob Ninkovich and if he's been as productive as a 4-3 defensive end as he was as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
5. Following up on 2013 seventh-round draft choice Michael Buchanan as a possible option to add important pass-rushing depth.