Weekly Patriots chat set for noon

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat. Today's chat is scheduled to kick off at noon.

Today also offers an opportunity for media members to catch up with kicker Stephen Gostkowski and defensive lineman Ron Brace, who are scheduled to be part of the annual "Commnity MVP" luncheon at Gillette Stadium. Look for comments from Gostkowski and Brace on the blog in the mid-afternoon.

As for the chat, there has been a "lead-off" question in recent weeks that sparks some discussion.

This week's lead-off question: How much has the NFL lockout affected your interest in following the Patriots this offseason?