Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 1 p.m., can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Brian Waters and his future with the team.
2. Wes Welker and his quiet preseason.
3. Could third-round pick Jake Bequette be in jeopardy of not making the roster?
4. The Patriots' extending players contracts earlier than the norm.
5. Replacement officials and their impact on the game.
6. Backup quarterback spot -- Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer?