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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Zac Boyer

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) shows is frustration on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DeSean Jackson active, will play against Eagles on Sunday

Jackson, listed as questionable on the injury report, separated his left shoulder in the Redskins’ victory over Jacksonville last week and was only able to go through what coach Jay Gruden said was a “very limited” practice on Friday. Published September 21, 2014

Washington Capitals' defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates his goal with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (81), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Mike Green unsure of future with Capitals, but ready to get comfortable again

General manager Brian MacLellan, appointed to the post in May when the contract of George McPhee wasn't renewed, made no promises that Green would last in Washington. When asked if he could see Green remaining with the team past the upcoming season, MacLellan said he "would assume so," because Green's "a good player. Published September 21, 2014

Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall is helped off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins notes: DeAngelo Hall may have torn Achilles tendon

Hall, one of the Redskins' starting cornerbacks, left the game with 10:36 to play in the third quarter while dropping back to cover Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. He appeared to get the leg caught in the grass and did not put any weight on the leg when he was helped to the sideline and then to the locker room. Published September 21, 2014

Washington Redskins' Kirk Cousins passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kirk Cousins posts big numbers in Redskins' loss to Eagles

Not since Donovan McNabb in 2010 had a quarterback thrown for more than 400 yards; in fact, Cousins' 427-yard output was the fourth-highest in a regular-season game in team history, behind Brad Johnson's 471 yards in 1999, Mark Rypien's 442 yards in 1991 and Doug Williams' 430 yards in 1988. Published September 21, 2014

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo , right, competes for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in St. Louis. The Capitals won 4-1. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE OUT  ALTON OUT

Tom Wilson's return unknown as he recovers from broken left leg

Wilson broke the bone in an accident in Ontario in July and underwent surgery to repair the break on July 8. He has just recently begun to skate by himself, doing so once in Toronto and once at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where the Capitals began training camp on Friday. Published September 19, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) listens to offensive coordinator Sean McVay, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 41-10. (AP Photo/Mark E. Tenally)

As a backup quarterback, it's all about being prepared for an opportunity

"If you go out there and you have the idea that, 'I'm just a backup,' there's going to be something with your confidence or your mentality that might be missing," said former Redskins QB Doug Williams. "You've got to have a starter's mentality as a backup." Published September 18, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) takes the field as the Washington Redskins play the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DeSean Jackson: 'Burgundy and gold are my colors now'

The circumstances surrounding Jackson's release have been laid out, yet they still remain entirely unclear. What's known is that the wide receiver, a three-time Pro Bowler who still ranks fourth in Eagles history in receiving yards, was kicked to the curb by Philadelphia following the most productive season of his career. Published September 17, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is attended to on the sideline after getting injured in the first quarteras the Washington Redskins play the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Ankle injury leaves RG3 stuck at career crossroads

For Griffin, the lack of time on the field could be counterproductive. The things he needs to work on — reading defenses, adapting to the blitz, throwing the ball away and knowing situational football — are things he cannot do while watching film. Published September 15, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is carted off the field after injuring his leg in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Robert Griffin III has no fractures in ankle: reports

The Redskins quarterback told media outlets Monday that exams revealed no broken bones, but he is still awaiting further results and a timetable for his return remains unclear. Published September 15, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) celebrates after one of his four sacks against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field, Sept. 14, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

For sack-happy Redskins defense, 'Who's next?'

"It was such a great feeling," said Ryan Kerrigan, who brought down Jaguars QB Chad Henne four times. "It was unlike anything I've ever been a part of before — to get that many sacks and just to play the kind of defense we played." Published September 14, 2014

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Kedric Golston (64), center, during afternoon practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kedric Golston inactive Sunday for game against Jaguars with groin injury

Golston, who has been nursing a strained groin since the season-opening loss at Houston, is inactive and will not play Sunday in the Redskins’ home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He'll be one of four players, including tight end Jordan Reed, who will not be available to play. Published September 14, 2014

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86), who finished second on the team with 45 catches for 499 yards, emerged as a playmaker during a rookie season hampered by injury. (Andrew HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Jordan Reed among those ruled out for Redskins' home opener

The tight end strained his left hamstring in the Redskins' season-opening loss at Houston after playing just seven snaps. Also ruled out for Sunday are cornerback Tracy Porter and inside linebacker Akeem Jordan. Published September 12, 2014