Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off a bit late, at 3 p.m., and can be recapped here. Some topics included:
1. Linebacker Bobby Carpenter and his possible role with the team.
2. Rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and his potential impact.
3. Putting together all the parts in the secondary.
4. Follow-up on tight end Jake Ballard and the Patriots claiming him from the Giants.
5. Breaking down some questions on the offensive line.