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Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

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Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

FOXBORO -- Wednesday's night training camp scuffle may have gotten a reaction from the stadium crowd, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't really blink.
"Football is competitive," he said the next morning. "We're in a competitive camp. I think some of those things are just part of football."
He may not be so cool if Brandon Spikes comes out worse for wear.
When the normally docile Nate Solder unleashed a little bit of Colorado-born hell on Spikes, the linebacker limped off to the locker room. He reemerged wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee.
Belichick was asked if fights can reveal strengths in a team, like leadership. He replied with a sardonic smile.
"I don't know about all that. I don't know if fights can crystallize the team. Not any that I can think of."
With a pro coaching career that dates back to the 1970s, Belichick has seen a few scraps. Many have been "a lot worse." But per usual, he stayed tight-lipped about the details. The only anecdote Belichick would share sounded more like advice.
"The thing I try to do is stay out of the way and not get hit. That's happened more than once. I'm the last one to try to break up something like that."

Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season. 

After going four-for-four on field goals -- including a team-record 62-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 40-yarder -- and making all three of his extra points, Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career. 

During a press conference on Wednesday, Bill Belichick explained that someone in Gostkowski's situation probably isn't improving at this point in his career. But if he's maintaining a strong level of play, that's OK. 

"I don’t know how much real improvement you’re going to see from a player that’s been in the league 12 or 20 years in a case like Adam [Vinatieri] or somebody like that," Belichick said. "But, if the level they’re performing at is pretty good, if they can maintain that, then that’s certainly enough to help the team.

"Are there things that a player can do better? Yeah, sure, there always are technique things. I think Steve has really improved in some of his alternative kicks on kickoffs, as an example, instead of just kicking every ball as far as he can. He’s done a great job of that. I’d say it’s maintaining the timing and the overall leg speed and technique that makes kickers good at their job."

Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former Patriots Randy Moss, Ty Law and Richard Seymour are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

In January, selectors will reduce the list to 15 finalists, who will join seniors Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard on the final ballot. The annual selection meeting will take place Feb.y 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Click here for the complete story from NBC's Pro Football Talk.