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Weekly Patriots chat at noon

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicks off at noon.

The chat leads in to tonight's preseason finale against the Giants. These were the areas of interest that came to mind when looking toward tonight's game:

1. Could have first look at second-round picks.

2. Overall coaching approach.

3. Josh Barrett vs. James Ihedigbo.

4. Likely last look at Brian Hoyer & Ryan Mallett.

5. Brandon Tate’s last gasp?

6. Giants LB Mark Herzlich in New England.

7. Eyes on the new long snapper.

8. Antwaun Molden joins the mix.

Those thoughts were explored in more detail in a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com.