Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat with Mike Reiss in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Thoughts on defensive lineman Mike Wright.
2. Brandon Spikes at linebacker over Dane Fletcher -- one thought on why.
3. Picking some "23rd player" award candidates -- someone who has contributed more than anticipated.
4. Defending the 2000s Patriots in the "Hot Button" debate vs. the 1990s Cowboys.
5. Wes Welker and his contract status.