Weekly Patriots chat recap

Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat. Today's chat kicked off at noon ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:

1. Rookie defensive tackle Dominique Easley as a possible key storyline in the season opener.

2. Sharing thoughts on all the Patriots' signings as it relates to their roster-building strategy.

3. Dan Connolly as a captain and what it represents when it comes to filling Logan Mankins ' leadership void.

4. Tim Wright, Brandon LaFell and the difference between an undersized tight end and a big receiver.

5. Anyone else up for some long snapper talk?