Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the late morning/early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at 11 a.m., can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. A variety of thoughts on the 2014 regular-season schedule.
2. Considering the possibility of trading up in the draft.
3. Are too many people counting receiver Kenbrell Thompkins out?
4. Safety Devin McCourty and the possibility of a contract extension.
5. Have there been enough changes to help the Patriots get off the field on third down in the playoffs?
6. Gauging the impact of losing running back LeGarrette Blount.