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. Surgeries for Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and how that could affect them.
2. What's left on the free-agent market? And where do things stand with John Abraham?
3. Is the need for a receiver in the draft overrated? Defensive end, too.
4. Looking at running backs who were brought in for pre-draft visits.
5. Draft-day trades.
6. Why it's unlikely the Patriots would target someone like Margus Hunt in the first round.