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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

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) gets the throw off as Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) hits him during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Carson Palmer steadies Cardinals in victorious return against Redskins

Palmer, out since the first week of the season with a pinched nerve in his right shoulder, was reportedly only able to throw with 80 percent strength at the end of the week — yet even 80 percent was good enough against the Washington Redskins' pass defense. Published October 12, 2014

Washington Capitals' Andre Burakovsky celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Andre Burakovsky scores but Capitals settle for shootout loss in opener

Tomas Plekanec scored in regulation and Brendan Gallagher provided the advantage in the shootout for Montreal, which nearly had two additional goals before attempts by P.A. Parenteau and Rene Bourque in the third period were each waved off upon review. Published October 9, 2014

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz stands in the bench area in the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 1-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals coach Barry Trotz excited to begin journey with new organization

For the better part of the past month, Capitals players have had time to form their judgments. Casual conversations before training camp built them up. A grueling testing day and a strenuous first practice tore them down. And, over the next three weeks, nine preseason games gradually warmed their spirits. On Thursday night, the Capitals will begin their 40th season and their first under Trotz. Published October 8, 2014

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) can't get to a pass in the red zone in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks in Monday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, October 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' field position woes spell doom on both sides of ball

"When you're backed up like that against a great defense, the odds are stacked against you," said quarterback Kirk Cousins. "When you get down in the strike zone, you get down in the red zone, you want to come away with touchdowns instead of field goals." Published October 7, 2014

Washington Capitals forward Liam O'Brien (87) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) battle for the puck in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Liam O'Brien makes Capitals roster after amateur tryout

O'Brien was twice bypassed in the NHL Entry Draft, was returned to juniors twice by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was even traded in May from his previous team, Rouyn-Noranda, to Sherbrooke. But he'll be with the Caps when they open their season Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Published October 7, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden watches the action from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jay Gruden: 'No reason to be upbeat' after Redskins' latest loss

Left tackle Trent Williams and wide receiver Pierre Garçon were among those who were jocular and festive in the locker room following the game — actions that Gruden did not witness first-hand, though he said he learned about on Tuesday morning. Published October 7, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) takes off to the backfield against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field, Sept. 14, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Brian Orakpo: 'I just can't get frustrated' with lack of production

A three-time Pro Bowler, including after last season, the Redskins' outside linebacker was given the franchise designation by the team in March instead of a long-term contract. That gave Orakpo an $11.455 million base salary for this year, which is the highest of any linebacker in the league. Published October 3, 2014