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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


Articles by Zac Boyer

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) runs past Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner (31) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, August 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' receivers still working on timing after second preseason game

The chunk yardage and explosive gains were what the Redskins envisioned when they signed DeSean Jackson in early April. In Washington’s 24-23 preseason victory over Cleveland at FedEx Field on Monday, Jackson was, if only briefly, able to show what he can do. Published August 19, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kirk Cousins on Kyle Shanahan: 'I think he'll do good things for Cleveland'

Cousins, the Redskins' backup quarterback, was the subject of offseason trade rumors that most frequently connected him with the Browns. That would have reunited Cousins with Kyle Shanahan, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and now holds the same position in Cleveland. Published August 15, 2014

The Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III,  throosw a pass in the Redskins' morning practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley )

RG3 downplays game against Kyle Shanahan, Johnny Manziel

Griffin said Thursday that he doesn't have much interest in seeing what the Browns do offensively Monday night under Shanahan, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator the past four years, or even how Manziel performs. Published August 14, 2014

The Redskins believe they could have a potential game-changer in tight end Jordan Reed (86), who battled a long list of ailments last year. (ThE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Still reeling from stomach bug, Jordan Reed back at practice

Reed, the Redskins' starting tight end, said the illness that cost him three days of practice could have been related to something he ate. He's targeting a return to practice Thursday when the team is back in Ashburn. Published August 12, 2014

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) runs through the hole during first quarter action against the New England Patriots at FedEx Field, Aug. 7, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Redskins' battered backup running backs fighting for spots

There are six running backs with the Redskins this summer who are vying for what may be as few as three spots on the initial 53-man roster. And only anointed starter Alfred Morris and Evan Royster are not coping with some type of injury. Published August 11, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) walks off the field following morning practice on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Brandon Meriweather set for higher-impact, lower-cost season

The challenge, of course, will be for the Redskins safety to stay on the field. Though he's professed numerous times a desire to change his tackling habits — he's racked up more than $127,000 in fines from the league over the years — doing so will be another issue. Published August 5, 2014

New England Patriots NFL football head coach Bill Belichick speaks at a press conference at a joint New England Patriots and Washington Redskins practice in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Paul)

Bill Belichick recounts history with Redskins

On Monday, as Belichick enters his 15th season coaching New England, he recounted his long history with the Redskins. The two teams began a three-day joint practice schedule that morning that will culminate with a preseason game on Thursday. Published August 4, 2014

Washington Redskins Niles Paul and New England Patriots Zach Moore work out during practice at the Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)

Redskins, Patriots enjoy butting heads as joint workouts begin

After nine days of intrasquad scrimmages, the Redskins finally had the opportunity to practice against — and hit — someone who wasn't a teammate. The Patriots, who have perfected the art of the two-team practice over the past several years, arrived late Sunday for three days of work leading up to the teams' preseason opener on Thursday. Published August 4, 2014

The Redskins, led by coach Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III, will host the New England Patriots in three days of joint practices starting Monday in Richmond. (Associated Press)

Patriots, Redskins ready for battle — on practice field

After nine days of pitting their offense against their defense, the Redskins will hold the first of four of practices with New England, leading up to the preseason game against the Patriots at FedEx Field on Thursday night. Published August 3, 2014