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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Paras

Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) takes the field before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Eric Reid not tested as many times as claimed: reports

In addition to finding no evidence of "impropriety," a joint report from the NFL and the NFLPA concluded Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid overstated the number of times he had been drug tested, according to multiple news outlets. Published January 9, 2019

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Todd Bowles meets with Redskins: report

Former New York Jets coach Todd Bowles met with the Redskins earlier this week, according to a report from the NFL Network. Published January 8, 2019

Redskins president Bruce Allen helped lobby for the deal that led to the training camp facility in Richmond, and could help influence a new stadium built in Virginia. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Redskins' Allen one of NFL's least transparent executives

Not only did Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen not speak to reporters during or after the 2018 season, he has earned a reputation over time as one of the least transparent head executives in the NFL. Published January 7, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

RG3 wants to return to Ravens

With Lamar Jackson set to be starter and Joe Flacco likely moving on, the Baltimore Ravens will need a backup quarterback next season. Does that make Robert Griffin III's return more likely? Published January 7, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram in the second half of Sunday's AFC wild card game. The Ravens lost, 23-17. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Jackson, Watson, Trubisky come up short in first playoff action

The trend of young arms taking over the NFL was put on hold, at least temporarily, over the weekend as a trio of the NFL's fastest-rising stars -- Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, Houston's Deshaun Watson and Chicago's Mitch Trubisky -- all fell in their first playoff starts. Published January 6, 2019

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Canavan) ** FILE **

Giants general manager rules out trading Odell Beckham

Over the last few days, there has been increasing speculation whether Odell Beckham Jr. would again be on the trading block this offseason. But the star wide receiver isn't going anywhere, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters on Wednesday. Published January 2, 2019

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, stands on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will miss the NHL's All-Star Game in San Jose, California, later this month because he wants to use the time to rest. Published January 2, 2019

Norman, Brown face uncertain futures as Redskins weigh cap casualties

The Redskins, according to Over The Cap, have only a projected $20 million in cap space this offseason, which means they will need to create more room. Norman and Brown are both under contract for 2019, but that doesn't mean they are locks to return next season. Published January 1, 2019

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden leaves a news conference at Redskins Park, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. The Washington Redskins ended their season Sunday with a 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Amid slew of NFL firings, Gruden awaits his fate

As soon as Jay Gruden took the podium Monday for his year-end press conference, the Redskins coach was asked if he had any changes to his coaching staff to announce. He laughed, adding he didn't even know what he was doing there. Gruden, after all, is still waiting to find out if he'll return to the Redskins in 2019 -- let alone his staff. Published December 31, 2018

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden saw his team close their season with their sixth loss in their last seven games after they were shut out, 24-0, by the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday. The Redskins were held to just 89 yards of offense. (Associated Press)

Redskins' future murky as disappointing season ends

2018 was just the latest miserable year for a once-beloved franchise and its fans: Another season of losses on the field and controversies off, of missing the playoffs, of dropping attendance and declining television ratings. Published December 30, 2018