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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

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) looks to block against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams have long history, mutual respect

Good friends throughout their college careers, the two left Oklahoma following the 2009 season. McCoy, a defensive tackle, was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the third overall pick. Williams, a left tackle, was drafted by the Washington Redskins one spot later. Published November 13, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) returns a kick against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Redskins know they have to win out to have chance at playoffs

The league-mandated five-day break offered players the chance to escape the cauldron of another woebegone season in Ashburn. At 3-6, they are in familiar territory, having held that record in each of the last three seasons. Published November 11, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during warm ups before the Washington Redskins play the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DeSean Jackson steps into Redskins leadership void

When Jackson stood up in a team meeting last Tuesday and urged his Washington Redskins teammates to ignore all the noise echoing around the franchise, the wide receiver's message carried significant weight. Published November 10, 2014

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Houston Texans' Brooks Reed (58) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Washington Redskins midterm report card

The Redskins' bye week came at an opportune time for a 3-6 team. Just past the halfway point in the season, The Washington Times' Zac Boyer and Tom Schad hand out their grades to date. Published November 9, 2014

Washington Redskins practice squad offensive lineman Tevita Stevens sits at home in Sterling, Va., as the Washington Redskins play "Monday Night Football" against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas, Monday, October 27, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NFL practice squad players are outsiders on their own team

When the Redskins rushed for a touchdown or sacked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on "Monday Night Football," Tevita Stevens cheered for his team — except, unlike almost everyone else watching, it actually was his team. Published November 6, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) calls out a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

RG3 needs to be aware of clock in his head, says Gruden

One of the better quarterbacks in the league at extending a play after it breaks down, Griffin has a penchant for holding onto the ball too long — a situation that, on Sunday, in his return after missing six weeks with a dislocated left ankle, was among his biggest problems. Published November 3, 2014

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater breaks a tackle by Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Redskins' defensive letdown at Vikings a collective effort

After allowing 352 yards to the Minnesota Vikings in a 29-26 loss on Sunday — including 102 in the fourth quarter alone — Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the poor performance of the defense was the result of "a combination of a lot of guys." Published November 3, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, scrambles under pressure during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

RG3 returns with mixed results in Redskins' loss to Vikings

Playing in his first game since dislocating his left ankle six weeks ago, Griffin demonstrated he has plenty to work on — but that his development into a true quarterback did not lag during his time off the field. Published November 2, 2014