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 included some of the following topics:
1. Looking at the pass rush and how it can come from more than just the outside linebacker spot.
2. The possibility of trading for Carolina receiver Steve Smith.
3. Highlighting Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and why he could be a good fit for the Patriots.
4. Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt and California defensive end Cameron Jordan as fits for the Patriots.
5. Looking at the possibility of trading up.