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Weekly Patriots chat recap

7/17/2014

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 included some of the following topics:

1. The retirement of DT Armond Armstead.

2. Revisiting some of the most memorable moments in Patriots history.

3. Rob Gronkowski and the tight end position -- from the top of the depth chart to the bottom.

4. Weighing if some of the Patriots' lower-cost/higher-risk moves have hurt the team when it comes to keeping some of their top-end players.

5. Backup quarterback spot -- Ryan Mallett versus Jimmy Garoppolo.

6. Running back Stevan Ridley and expectations for the 2014 season.