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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Weekly Patriots chat recap

By Mike Reiss

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a New England Patriots chat. Today's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Quarterback Ryan Mallett starting tonight's preseason opener, with Tom Brady not playing.

2. Physical conditioning as a big focus for the Patriots.

3. How receiver Brandon LaFell possibly fits into the offense.

4. Receiver Julian Edelman and his strong training camp.

5. A closer look at the offensive line and how things are shaping up.

6. Pass rush and how the pieces up front on defense are coming together.

7. Shining the spotlight on undrafted free-agent tight end Justin Jones.