Weekly Patriots chat recap

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. Sharing thoughts on Wes Welker's role in the offense.

2. Ras-I Dowling playing no snaps in Sunday's loss.

3. Ravens defense looks vulnerable rushing the passer and has some key players banged up.

4. Sorting through the Patriots' approach at receiver, where big numbers have turned to thin depth.

5. Defensive stat of note: Through two games this year, they've played 129 snaps vs. 148 through two games last year.

6. Sebastian Vollmer looking primed to return to full-time duties at right tackle.