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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

Houston Texans' Alfred Blue (28) blocks a punt by Washington Redskins' Tress Way (5) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. Blue scored on the play. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Redskins notes: Special teams miscues costly in loss

A year after special teams was a front-to-back mess for the Redskins, Sunday's opener had its issues. Namely, a blocked punt that produced one of two Houston touchdowns on the day. Published September 7, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, right, talks with Robert Griffin III during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Jay Gruden 'sick' over losing Redskins debut

As far as debuts go, Gruden will likely be the only one to remember Sunday's game for any worthwhile reason. The Redskins lost, 17-6, to Houston in an otherwise forgettable game at NRG Stadium, spoiling his first regular-season game as the 29th coach in franchise history. Published September 7, 2014

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo says when it comes to the last year of his contract, "throw all that out the window, man. I'm signed for the 2014 season ... I need to go out there and be a force." (The WASHINGTON TIMES)

Brian Orakpo questionable for Houston homecoming with ankle injury

Orakpo, limited in practice for the third consecutive day on Friday, will be listed as questionable on the injury report, coach Jay Gruden said. The Redskins' game at Houston on Sunday would be the first time he's played a game in his hometown since 2005. Published September 5, 2014

Washington Redskins running back Silas Redd carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Undrafted and overlooked, Silas Redd seizes Redskins opportunity

Despite facing the longest of odds throughout training camp — six running backs were with the team, and only three were likely to make it — Redd had made it, the third running back behind starter Alfred Morris and backup Roy Helu. Published September 4, 2014

Jay Gruden takes unorthodox path to NFL head coaching job

Jay Gruden has, for much of his life, lived in his older brother Jon's shadow — first as a football player, now as a football coach. In the end, Jay's hope is that he will be remembered for one trait his brother recognized on a humbling summer afternoon long ago. Jay wants to be a winner. Published September 3, 2014

Redskins coach Jay Gruden tweaked the offense to maximize abilities and let playmakers like DeSean Jackson (right) do their thing. (Associated Press Photographs)

Don't expect radical changes in Redskins' playbook

However one describes it, two things are clear: Jay Gruden, as he has often tried to do, has tailored it to his players' strengths. And, come its full reveal for Washington's regular-season opener on Sunday at Houston, it won't look much different from what the previous coaching staff strung together in recent years. Published September 3, 2014

Denver Broncos' Duke Ihenacho works out before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

With Duke Ihenacho in fold, Redskins' roster appears set for Week 1

Ihenacho, 25, started 14 regular-season games and all three playoff games at strong safety for the Broncos last year. He had three tackles in Denver's Week 8 home victory over the Redskins, and he had nine tackles in the Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seattle. Published August 31, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is tackled by Denver Broncos strong safety Duke Ihenacho (33) during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Seeking secondary help, Redskins claim former Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Ihenacho started 14 regular-season games, and all three playoff games – including the Super Bowl – last season for the Broncos. He finished with 73 tackles, including three a Week 8 victory over the Redskins, and forced three fumbles. He had nine tackles in the Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seattle. Published August 31, 2014

Washington Redskins running back Silas Redd (24) carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Silas Redd, Kai Forbath win position battles as Redskins finalize roster

The Redskins finalized their initial 53-man roster on Saturday by keeping Redd, an undrafted rookie out of Southern California, and waiving running backs Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk. Forbath won the kicking competition over Zach Hocker, a rookie. Published August 30, 2014

Washington Redskins Silas Redd (24) elludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Dane Fletcher (50) and Marc Anthony (35) during a NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Silas Redd, Redskins' running backs finish one final preseason audition

Thursday marked the Redskins' final preseason game, leaving roughly two dozen players with one final shot to state their case for making the team to the coaching staff. Redd, an undrafted running back, kept one thought fresh in his mind during a 24-10 victory over the Buccaneers: No negative plays. Published August 29, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up before the Washington Redskins play the New England Patriots in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md.,  Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Backups likely to play featured role in Redskins' finale

Twenty-two Redskins players warmed up and went through individual drills three hours before the team's preseason game Thursday against Tampa Bay, likely signaling they will not play against the Buccaneers. Published August 28, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, greets defensive back Akeem Davis before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

For Akeem Davis, NFL dreams could be realized this week

After a preseason in which Davis has had a chance to make his case, his final judgment is pending. One respite: The recent suspension of starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the season should give Davis a greater chance of sticking. Published August 27, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) celebrates a big hit on San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) in the second quarter at FedExField, Landover, Md., November 3, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Brandon Meriweather to appeal two-game suspension

Meriweather was handed the punishment on Monday, two days after he hit Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the second quarter of the Redskins' preseason game against the Ravens. Free safety Ryan Clark said he had already told DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, that Meriweather would be appealing. Published August 26, 2014