Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Picking top areas for the Patriots to address in free agency.
2. Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and the future of the backup quarterback spot.
3. Why it's so hard to generate interest in players before a market is created.
4. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson and Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson -- possible fits?
5. Mark Anderson, Andre Carter and the possibility of them re-signing.