Weekly Patriots chat recap

February, 7, 2013
2/07/13
1:30
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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. With all the predictions about drafting a safety early, what about 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson?

2. Backup quarterback chatter -- potential trade interest in Ryan Mallett and the idea of a Matt Cassel return.

3. Potential changes in the WR corps and the hope of adding size and speed -- not an easy thing to do.

4. Rob Gronkowski making headlines -- off the field.

5. The idea of a "big" defensive lineman being on the radar, with the future in mind.

6. The every-year lightning rod for the Patriots -- the offensive coordinator. Josh McDaniels, step right up.

7. Bend-but-don't-break defensive philosophy.

8. Exploring the franchise tag for cornerback Aqib Talib.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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