Weekly Patriots chat recap

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a New England Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics.

1. Bringing quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater in for pre-draft visits.

2. Running backs and how the Patriots might replace LeGarrette Blount.

3. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and his potential trade value.

4. Notre Dame DT Louis Nix and Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier as intriguing possibilities for the Patriots at No. 29.

5. Patriots Hall of Fame consideration.

6. Offensive line as an area to target for improvement.