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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at [email protected]

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Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (left) and tight end Jordan Reed (right) celebrate a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Washington's offense shows just how dangerous it could be

Coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Alex Smith assured us that the unit is capable of more than intermediate strikes. They said the lack of downfield passing and the wideouts' MIA status was a function of the defenses, not Washington's philosophical approach. Trust us, they said. More is coming. They didn't waste time making good on their word. Published September 23, 2018

Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews is called for a roughing the passer penalty during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

SNYDER: Protect the QBs, sure, but this is ridiculous

Once again, the NFL has demonstrated its uncanny inability to find the sweet spot between extremes. On some of the most pressing issues the league faces, its judgment either caroms off the left pole or ricochets off the right one, as if splitting uprights is equivalent to splitting atoms. Published September 19, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith throws a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

SNYDER: Week 2, like Week 1, will not define season

Why oh why do we fall for the fake-out every single time? We're like Charlie Brown, believing we'll finally enjoy a chance to kick the football, only to fall flat on our back as Lucy pulls it away. Published September 16, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith threw for 255 yards with a 70 percent completion rate for two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Without Cousins, a focus on football, not contracts

The difference is what's missing, thankfully and good riddance. I don't mean Kirk Cousins' presence, just the nagging questions about his future. With the weight removed, we can appreciate how heavy it was. Published September 12, 2018

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SNYDER: It's early, but Peterson looks like a real steal

You never know what you might find on the NFL scrap heap. Perhaps a serviceable body for special teams. A solid reserve for situational rotations. Maybe an upgrade at kicker and punter, as there's always some of those to choose from. Published September 10, 2018

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Apologetic athletes must help those still in the dark

Athletes like Turner and Hader shouldn't wait until ancient social media posts are unearthed before declaring which side they're on. Instead being defined by old tweets, join the fight against real-time affronts all around us. Published August 1, 2018

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, right, and catcher Spencer Kieboom talk on the mound during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

SNYDER: Head, heart disagree at gut-check time

The heart says don't give up on the Nationals' core. Resist the urge to be sellers as the MLB trade deadline approaches. If you must go down, do so fighting in possibly your last season with Bryce Harper. The head says ... I don't know. Published July 30, 2018

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, right, runs a drill past quarterback Lamar Jackson during an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

SNYDER: With Flacco, no reason for Ravens to rush Jackson era

Joe Flacco is better than the dreadful Tom Savage who played ahead of Deshaun Watson and, at this point, Watson is better than Jackson. No matter the ardent objections of Flacco's numerous critics, there's no need for Baltimore to rush a transition to the Lamar Jackson Era. Published July 25, 2018