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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

** FILE ** Washington Redskins guard Josh LeRibeus (67) blocks for quarterback Jonathan Crompton during fourth-quarter action. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

Josh LeRibeus to make first career start for Redskins on Thursday

LeRibeus will replace Shawn Lauvao at left guard as he did in the second half of the Redskins' loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. Lauvao, who started the first three games, bruised his right knee on Sept. 14 in a victory over Jacksonville and has experienced additional swelling in recent days. Published September 25, 2014

Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jordan Reed out, Brian Orakpo probable for Redskins' game against Giants

Reed, who strained the hamstring in the season-opening loss at Houston, has not been able to practice since the injury. Fourteen other players listed on the injury report this week, including Orakpo, defensive end Jason Hatcher and wide receiver DeSean Jackson, may be able to play. Published September 24, 2014

Washington Redskins' Chris Baker walks off the field after being disqualified during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins' Chris Baker avoids discipline for hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles

Following a review of the play, Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive director of football operations and its chief disciplinarian, ruled that Foles could have made a tackle during an interception return by the Redskins in the fourth quarter of the teams' game on Sunday and thus was not afforded the protections typically granted to a quarterback. Published September 24, 2014

Washington Redskins' Pierre Garcon (88) tries to break a tackle by Washington Redskins' Tracy Porter (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Redskins finding ways to get ball to playmakers Garcon, Jackson, Roberts

The overall philosophy of Jay Gruden's passing attack is simple: the coach wants the quarterback to get the ball in his playmakers' hands as quickly as possible. Kirk Cousins showed Sunday that a combination of trust, a quick release and a good sense of timing can make that West Coast derivation successful. Published September 23, 2014

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), from Austria, celebrates after his goal in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Andre Burakovsky getting long look at center in Capitals training camp

Such responsibilities may be a bit overwhelming for Burakovsky, but on Sunday, in the Capitals' preseason opener, he seemed more than adept at handling them. He scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Buffalo at Verizon Center, burying a wrister off a one-timer from Jason Chimera from the right faceoff circle 13:14 into the first period. Published September 22, 2014

Personnel check on Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo 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' injury report crowded heading into short week

Seventeen players were listed on the Redskins' injury report in advance of their Thursday night game against the New York Giants, but coach Jay Gruden said that all of them, except for quarterback Robert Griffin III, may be able to play. Published September 22, 2014

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) is helped off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

His season over, Hall will focus on helping Redskins teammates

Despite the best wishes of his team's athletic training staff, Hall couldn't stay in the locker room after he was hurt Sunday. He needed to see first-hand how the Redskins would fare at the end of their game against Philadelphia — at one point even pulling his replacement, rookie Bashaud Breeland, aside for additional coaching. Published September 22, 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

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

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