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Tom Brady gets hit with a 4 game suspension to start the season. A.J. McCarron is a little more confident this season. It pays well to be a patriotic football team.

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Tom Brady Earns Four-Game Suspension For Role In Deflating Footballs
Roger Goodell has handed down the Deflategate suspension we were all expecting, and Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in Ballghazi.

Brady should embrace NFLPA assistance for appeal | ProFootballTalk
During the Ted Wells investigation, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chose not to accept advice or representation from the NFL Players Association. Moving forward, Brady should embrace both.

Robert Kraft: Today’s punishment far exceeded any reasonable expectation | ProFootballTalk
Back in January, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would demand an apology from the NFL if they couldn’t prove that anyone from the organization tampered with footballs during the AFC Championship game.

Confidence a difference-maker for Cincinnati Bengals' AJ McCarron - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Asked to pinpoint one area of his game that's completely different from what he showed in limited action as a rookie a year ago, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron offered one word. "Confidence."

Mario Alford honing do-everything ability for Cincinnati Bengals - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
One would have thought Mario Alford's primarily focus last week when he arrived for the Cincinnati Bengals' rookie camp would involve his feet. After all, the former West Virginia receiver is a speedster who registered back-to-back sub-4.3-second readings in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Rey hosts Academic Bowl
Bengals LB Vinny Rey hosts Academic Bowl at Bond Hill Elementary.

14 NFL teams took tax dollars for patriotic pregame displays | ProFootballTalk
The Jets are just as patriotic as anybody else, I'm sure. But it's easier to wave the red, white and blue when it comes with a healthy dose of green. According to Christopher Baxter and Jonathan Salant of NJ.