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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 head coach Jay Gruden, left, greets defensive back Akeem Davis before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

For Akeem Davis, NFL dreams could be realized this week

After a preseason in which Davis has had a chance to make his case, his final judgment is pending. One respite: The recent suspension of starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the season should give Davis a greater chance of sticking. Published August 27, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) celebrates a big hit on San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) in the second quarter at FedExField, Landover, Md., November 3, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Brandon Meriweather to appeal two-game suspension

Meriweather was handed the punishment on Monday, two days after he hit Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the second quarter of the Redskins' preseason game against the Ravens. Free safety Ryan Clark said he had already told DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, that Meriweather would be appealing. Published August 26, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Phillip Thomas (41) speaks to reporters after practice as the Washington Redskins hold their Organized Team Activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Oft-injured Phillip Thomas to undergo additional exam on left foot

Thomas, who missed his entire rookie season because of a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, will need to undergo further examination after experiencing inflammation following the Redskins' preseason game at Baltimore on Saturday, coach Jay Gruden said. Published August 25, 2014

Washington Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden calls a play during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won the game 23-17. (Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times)

Jay Gruden fairly certain starters will not play Thursday vs. Tampa Bay

After a less-than-enthralling performance by his first-team offense in a preseason loss to Baltimore on Saturday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he feels "pretty confident" that the majority of starters will not play in the final preseason game Thursday at Tampa Bay. Published August 25, 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)

Redskins lose Meriweather for 2 games after latest NFL suspension

Meriweather hit Torrey Smith on a play that began with 12:16 remaining in the second quarter. He said after the game that he did not know if he would be disciplined by the league; in the statement, it was noted that the violation is Meriweather's sixth as he enters his eighth season. Published August 25, 2014

Washington Redskins guard Adam Gettis (73) walks to the field during the second day of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va. Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Adam Gettis cut as Redskins continue to pare roster

Gettis, a third-year offensive lineman who played in 13 games last season, was waived by the Redskins on Monday morning as the team continues its march toward getting under the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday afternoon. Published August 25, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) during warmups before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in Sunday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 1, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

After penalty, Brandon Meriweather defends tackling style

Meriweather, the Redskins' starting strong safety, appeared to deliver a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith with 12:16 left until halftime. Smith did not catch the pass from quarterback Joe Flacco, who was trying to convert a third-and-4 from the Ravens' 49-yard line. Published August 24, 2014

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Rob Jackson (50) intercepts a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rob Jackson released by Redskins as roster cuts begin

Jackson played in all 44 regular-season games over the past three years, missing only the first four last year after being suspended for a violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse. Published August 24, 2014

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) stretches 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)

Redskins' Chris Thompson to miss second consecutive preseason game

Thompson, a second-year running back, will not play Saturday night in the Redskins' game against Baltimore on Saturday night, marking the second consecutive preseason game he's missed after spraining his ankle in the preseason opener on Aug. 7. Published August 23, 2014

A dejected Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field with teamates after a 27-20 to the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Trent Williams, DeAngelo Hall honored by Redskins

Running back Alfred Morris was honored with the the team's community service award, while quarterback Robert Griffin III was honored with the team's "salute" award, recognizing his contributions to the military. Published August 22, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) runs past Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner (31) in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, August 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' receivers still working on timing after second preseason game

The chunk yardage and explosive gains were what the Redskins envisioned when they signed DeSean Jackson in early April. In Washington’s 24-23 preseason victory over Cleveland at FedEx Field on Monday, Jackson was, if only briefly, able to show what he can do. Published August 19, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up 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)

Kirk Cousins on Kyle Shanahan: 'I think he'll do good things for Cleveland'

Cousins, the Redskins' backup quarterback, was the subject of offseason trade rumors that most frequently connected him with the Browns. That would have reunited Cousins with Kyle Shanahan, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and now holds the same position in Cleveland. Published August 15, 2014