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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 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

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

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

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

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with receiver Pierre Garcon during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo)

Trent Williams kicked in shin, will be fine

Williams, the Redskins' left tackle, was kicked in the left shin during the practice Thursday morning but is not expected to miss any time dealing with the bruise, coach Jay Gruden said. Published July 31, 2014

Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon catches a pass during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, July 28, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pierre Garcon still day-to-day with hamstring strain

Garçon, one of several players nursing a strained hamstring, was only able to participate in individual drills on Wednesday as the Redskins resumed practice following a day off. Published July 30, 2014


Robert Griffin III teases return of zone-read option for Redskins

It had the looks of a zone-read option — a play that was a staple of the Redskins' offense during the last two years. Robert Griffin III denied that was the call, instead insisting that he wanted to avoid Alfred Morris getting stuffed by the defense and losing yards on the play. Published July 30, 2014

Washington Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson works with a medicine ball during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, July 28, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Leonard Hankerson awaiting return from knee surgery

Now eight months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, Hankerson, the Redskins wide receiver, still has no idea when he'll be medically cleared to rejoin his teammates on the practice field. Published July 29, 2014

This is a 2013 photo of Everette Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. This image reflects the Philadelphia Eagles active roster as of Monday, April 15, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Redskins sign outside linebacker Everette Brown

Brown, a sixth-year outside linebacker, was sitting on the patio of a Tropical Smoothie Café franchise he owns with his wife, Tenisha, on Sunday when he received a phone call from a number he did not recognize. It came from the Redskins, who signed Brown to a contract Monday morning. Published July 28, 2014

The Redskins upgraded their passing game with the addition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1), but the process of getting every player together as a cohesive offense has been an adjustment. "Honestly, that's what practice is for," Jackson said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Jackson working on offensive cohesiveness with teammates

RICHMOND — DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts were discussing their roles in the Washington Redskins' offense one morning last week when they realized that not all of the team's receivers will end up pleased with the number of passes they'll be thrown. Published July 27, 2014