Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 1 p.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Defensive youth movement and how it will fare.
2. Forecasting how the Patriots will approach the season-opener on offense.
3. What's up with collecting all those tight ends?
4. The value of running the ball, and how it could help the Patriots.
5. The linebacker might look thin, but it really isn't ... here's why.
6. What is the level of concern with the team's offensive line?