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Tom Brady, Roger Goodell showdown to be open to media 07.31.15 at 8:01 pm ET
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Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.

According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.

While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.

That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.

That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.

So who will win? You can be the judge.

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Jimmy Garoppolo not concerned with Tom Brady suspension: ‘We’re not really looking that far ahead’ 07.30.15 at 4:29 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady may have had his four-game suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday but Brady’s backup says that has no impact on him – at least, not yet.

Asked if he thinks he’ll be ready to start the season if he’s needed, Jimmy Garoppolo said Thursday that he needs to concern himself with one practice at a time.

“We’€™re not really looking that far ahead,” Garoppolo said after the first training camp practice of the summer. “I don’€™t think anyone is. It’€™s the first day of training camp; got out here with the guys and it felt good to get out here with all of them.”

Garoppolo and Brady split the snaps fairly equally on Thursday while third quarterback Matt Flynn was not taking active part as he is on the non-football injury list. Garoppolo said he’s talking to Brady but not too much since Brady is busy trying to get ready himself.

“There’€™s tons of stuff you try to learn. You don’€™t want to ask too many questions because he’€™s got a job to do, too, so you kind of want to see it from afar,” Garoppolo said. “See what he does, see how he does it and just put it towards your game, really.”

How important are the mental reps as he waits behind Brady as he’€™s taking snaps?

“Very important. It’€™s training camp and we’€™ve only got two of us [quarterbacks] right now, so we get a little more reps than usual, but your reps are limited so when you’€™re not in there you’€™ve got to take the mental reps and take advantage of when you are in there,” Garoppolo said.

Brady didn’t speak Thursday (and likely won’t for a while). But Garoppolo was asked his initial reaction to the Brady suspension being upheld since it directly affects his role on the team.

“Right. You know, not much of a reaction to it, really,” he said. “Just stayed focused on what I can control and what I’€™m trying to learn right now and improve on.”

Garoppolo is as close – at least physically – to Brady as anyone on the team. Has he seen any change in Brady’s demeanor and behavior under the pressure of Deflategate?

“I’€™m just focused on myself, really, to be honest,” he said.

Garoppolo was actually asked by some intrepid reporter whether he likes his footballs “hard or soft” and whether he has a “preference” on his game balls. He simply said, “no.”

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What to make of: Miami Dolphins 07.22.15 at 1:05 pm ET
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Ndamukong Suh is now a big part of the Miami defense. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh is now a big part of the Miami defense. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With Patriots camp opening up on July 30 at Gillette Stadium, WEEI.com takes a quick look at each of the Patriots’ rivals in the AFC East, their additions, losses and what each team needs to accomplish in camp.

Miami Dolphins

2014 finish: 8-8, 3rd in AFC East

Key additions: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Kenny Stills, WR DeVante Parker (R), TE Jordan Cameron, DT CJ Mosley

Key losses: DL Jared Odrick, LB Dannell Ellberbe, LB Jonathan Freeny, S Jimmy Wilson, TE Charles Clay, RB Daniel Thomas

Camp goals: Keep Suh fresh, healthy and happy, find reps for new wide receivers who will have to find rhythm with franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill, develop some type of killer instinct and focus to close out games.

What to make of the Dolphins: While the Dolphins made a huge splash in the offseason by signing the biggest name defensive tackle on the market, it will be fascinating to see if the sum of the parts equals the whole when it comes to pad-crunching time.

There’s no doubt the Dolphins are getting one of the best in the game in Ndamukong Suh along the defensive line. He became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, when Miami signed him to a six-year deal worth roughly $114 million, with nearly $60 million fully guaranteed.

Like the Bills and Jets, the Dolphins have stacked up on defensive linemen and edge rushers, with the hope of getting to Tom Brady atop the division. Suh joins a crew that already includes C.J. Mosley, rookie Jordan Phillips, Derrick Shelby, Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake.

But they lost defensive lineman Jared Odrick (Jaguars), linebackers Dannell Ellerbe (Saints) and Jonathan Freeny (Patriots) and safety Jimmy Wilson (Chargers). To shore up their receiving corps, the Dolphins traded their third-round selection (No. 78 overall) and Ellerbe to the Saints in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

The other huge financial commitment the Dolphins made this offseason was to their quarterback. On May 18, 2015, Ryan Tannehill signed a four-year contract extension with the Dolphins through the 2020 season worth $77 million. It includes a $11.5 million signing bonus, $45 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of just over $19 million.

They also brought back veteran backup Matt Moore behind Tannehill, so the Dolphins have that going for them.

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What to make of: Buffalo Bills 07.21.15 at 12:30 pm ET
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Rex Ryan is a big fan of what his team has done this offseason. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan is a big fan of what his team has done this offseason. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

With Patriots camp opening up on July 30 at Gillette Stadium, WEEI.com takes a quick look at each of the Patriots’ rivals in the AFC East, their additions, losses and what each team needs to accomplish in camp.

Buffalo Bills

2014 finish: 9-7, 2nd in AFC East

Key additions: Head coach Rex Ryan, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Matt Cassel, QB Tyrod Taylor, QB Matt Simms, OG Richie Incognito, WR Percy Harvin, TE Charles Clay

Key losses: Head coach Doug Marrone, LB Kiko Alonso, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Stevie Johnson, CB Da’Norris Searcy, TE Scott Chandler

Camp goals: Find a consistent starting quarterback, Rex Ryan gets his message across to the team

What to make of the Bills:

Since the Bills last made the playoffs in 2000, the Bills have been in desperate search for a consistent starting quarterback.

The fact that they’re pinning their hopes on Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete with EJ Manuel doesn’t offer up a lot of hope for Bills fans but Rex Ryan is a head coach accustomed to working with quarterback mediocrity. He’s also a coach that made the AFC championship in back-to-back years with Mark Sanchez.

Manuel, who started most of the 2013 and part of the 2014 seasons, is considered by many close to the team as the frontrunner to regain the starting job. But he will compete with free-agent Taylor and trade acquisition Cassel for the gig.

The biggest deal of Buffalo’s offseason came on March 10 when they dealt linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia for star running back LeSean McCoy, who scored just five touchdowns in 2014. The team immediately signed the six-year veteran to a five-year, $40 million deal. He replaces C.J. Spiller, who left to sign with the Saints.

After posting a surprising 9-7 record under second-year coach Doug Marrone, the team was dealt a surprising blow when he quit, taking advantage of a three-day out clause in his contract that would still pay him his full 2015 salary.

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Read More: Aaron Kromer, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, nfl
Candid Camera: Tom Brady wishes wife Gisele ‘Happy Birthday to Love of my Life’ 07.20.15 at 7:57 pm ET
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Happy Birthday to the Love of my Life. The best is yet to come. We love you!

Posted by Tom Brady on Monday, July 20, 2015

Tom Brady may be waiting for Roger Goodell to render his decision on Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension.

But that was the furthest thing from his mind, at least on Monday. The Patriots’ four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback wished his supermodel wife Gisele a happy 35th birthday.

“Happy Birthday to the Love of my Life,” Brady wrote on his Facebook page. “The best is yet to come. We love you!”

Brady, himself, will turn 38 on Aug. 3. Maybe by that time, he’ll have some idea if he’ll be getting an early birthday gift from the NFL Commissioner.

Read More: Deflategate, Gisele, New England Patriots, nfl
Rodney Harrison to MMQB: Tom Brady ‘will be supremely motivated this year’ 07.18.15 at 10:53 am ET
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Rodney Harrison thinks Tom Brady will make opposing teams pay dearly for having his character and legacy dragged through the mud.

There are few, if any, former or current teammates know Tom Brady better than the safety who played with Brady from 2003-2008.

In an interview with MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas, Harrison said that the Patriots quarterback will be fired up this season more than ever, and looking to take it out on his competition.

“You’€™ve got way over $100 million in the bank. You’€™ve got a beautiful wife,” Harrison told Vrentas. “You’€™ve got a beautiful family. The natural tendency would be to say, ‘€˜I can lie in my silk sheets and just enjoy life now. I don’€™t need football.’€™ But I’€™m telling you: This is the best thing that could have happened to Tom Brady. This will rejuvenate him. The rest of the league better look out. This year, he’€™s going to make everybody pay for what’€™s happened.’€

The last time the Patriots were challenged like this, it was as team, following the “Spygate” controversy of 2007. That season, the Patriots responded with the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history before losing to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. This time, it’s Brady who has been the target of cheating allegations. Except for public comments to Jim Gray at a Salem State appearance, Brady has been quiet this offseason.

“Believe me, he’€™s not saying anything right now, but this is pissing him off, big-time,” says Harrison. “He will be supremely motivated this year. I know him. I know how he thinks. And this is going to be very bad for the rest of the league when they play Brady this year.”

Read More: Deflategate, New England Patriots, nfl, Rodney Harrision
Andy Dalton on Tom Brady and Deflategate: ‘I don’t know what to expect’ 07.12.15 at 8:58 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Andy Dalton (14) hug after the game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014.  (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and Andy Dalton (14) hug after the game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI — Like every NFL quarterback, Andy Dalton has been following the Tom Brady saga this offseason closely.

Speaking to WEEI.com Sunday after smashing two home runs in the celebrity All-Star softball game, the Bengals quarterback said it’s hard to guess what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will do when he hands down his decision on Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Dalton said. “I don’t know what all went on in those meetings so I’m going to let the league and his side handle all that.”

While other quarterbacks are relaxing and using the summer to recharge their batteries, Dalton said he sympathizes with Brady because it’s an unusual distraction he has to deal with in the offseason.

“For him, it’s another thing he has to think about right now,” Dalton said. “Hopefully at the end of this, he won’t have to worry about this anymore.”

Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his four seasons in the NFL but has lost in the first round each time. This past season, Dalton and the Bengals were 3-0 and the 2-2 Patriots were coming off a 41-14 loss in Kansas City. The 43-17 thumping on Oct. 5 at Gillette Stadium by a fired-up Brady left an impression on Dalton, as the Patriots used the meeting as a springboard to fourth Super Bowl title.

Dalton said Sunday it would be great to get another chance to face Brady. If that were to happen, it would be in the AFC playoffs since the Bengals are not on the Patriots’ schedule this season.

“It’d be great,” Dalton said. “He’s obviously a good player and they’re a good team. But you have to play those types of teams if you want to get where you want to go.”

As for his two softball home runs Sunday?

“It’s a lot of fun,” Dalton said. “It’s fun to be out here with everybody. You get to play a softball game. It’s pretty cool.”

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