Weekly Patriots chat recap

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. This week's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and includes some of the following topics:

1. Considering when the right time is to look for Tom Brady's replacement.

2. Devin McCourty and the value of the "four-down" player.

3. Considering Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor for the Patriots.

4. What if Da'Quan Bowers slips to the Patriots; do they pick him?

5. Closer look at the running back spot and what the Patriots might target in the draft.