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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 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

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


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 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

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

ESPN broadcaster and former NFL head football coach Jon Gruden, second from left, poses for a picture with members of the coaching staff with Virginia Union University after a Redskins Charitable Foundation clinic for coaches, Friday, July 25, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo)

Jon Gruden on Robert Griffin III: 'All signs are good'

Jon Gruden, speaking at a high school coaching clinic, said Friday that quarterback Robert Griffin III should enjoy the changes his brother, Jay, the Redskins' new coach, will make to his game in their first season working together. Published July 25, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) speaks to members of the media 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)

Robert Griffin III, Redskins get training camp underway

With a steady rain slightly delaying the scheduled start by a half hour and subsiding only with roughly 30 minutes remaining, Griffin and his Redskins teammates had to slog through less-than-ideal conditions for their first practice since the end of offseason workouts in mid-June. Published July 24, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, chats with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) 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)

Robert Griffin III has 'fresh mind' in new Redskins regime

What will be most important for Griffin during training camp and the preseason, Jay Gruden said, will be the repetitions he'll receive in practice. Griffin said his greatest mental development during the offseason was his ability to learn the playbook, but it will be up to him to now show that he's been able to handle it. Published July 24, 2014

Receiver Leonard Hankerson is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. (The Washington Times)

Jason Hatcher, Leonard Hankerson to begin camp on PUP list

RICHMOND – Defensive ends Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and offensive lineman Maurice Hurt will all begin training camp with the Washington Redskins on the physically-unable-to-perform list, coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday. Published July 23, 2014

New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden meets with reporters on the day prior to the opening of a NFL training camp in Richmond, Va, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)

Jay Gruden 'fired up' on eve of first Redskins training camp

After a 3-13 finish last season, Gruden said he hopes the players enter camp motivated and ready to compete. He, personally, expects to feel nervous and anxious as he takes the field for the first time on Thursday. He has told himself that such a feeling is normal because of his desire to succeed. In a way, he hopes his players feel that way as well. Published July 23, 2014

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger lines up in an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

2014 Redskins training camp: Offensive line preview

The first hint that a shake-up was coming on the offensive line was back at the NFL combine in February, when Jay Gruden, addressing the Redskins' needs during the free agency signing period, said that the coaches "can work with what we have." Published July 22, 2014

2014 Redskins training camp: Defensive backs preview

A position that has been in flux for nearly a decade is there again with the Redskins opting to bring back last year's starter, Brandon Meriweather, and Ryan Clark to serve as their stopgap safeties. Published July 22, 2014