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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 mparas@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Football Team kicker Chris Blewitt (12) attempts a field goal against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. The Broncos blocked the kick and recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Blewitt keeps Washington kicker job ‘for now’

For now. Those are the words Ron Rivera used when asked if Chris Blewitt was still Washington's kicker. Rivera's answer was hardly a vote of confidence and it was obvious why: Blewitt has had more kicks blocked (3) than field goals made (2) in the two games since he took over the job. Published November 2, 2021

In an Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson practices with the team during NFL football practice in Houston. Attorneys involved in the lawsuits accusing Watson of sexual assault and harassment say the FBI has become involved in the case. Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the 22 women who have sued Watson, said Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 he and some of his clients have spoken with FBI agents about the allegations against Watson.(AP Photo/Justin Rex_file) **FILE**

Watson stays with Texans at NFL trade deadline

The Miami Dolphins passed on the embattled Houston Texans quarterback ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, according to multiple reports. The Dolphins reportedly had conversations about trading for Watson, but ESPN reported Miami owner Stephen Ross ultimately decided not to go through with the deal. Published November 2, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. The Broncos won 17-10. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

With bye week at hand, Rivera gets time to weigh options

This time, Ron Rivera was in no mood to hand out firm commitments. Not to his quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, who once again couldn't consistently convert steady drives to touchdowns. And certainly not to his kicker, Chris Blewitt, who had two blocked kicks. Published October 31, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) is hit by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Heinicke, Washington offense again come up short in loss to Broncos

Here it was: A gift for Taylor Heinicke and the Washington offense. Down by one score, Washington defensive end Chase Young forced a fumble that gave his team the ball inside Broncos territory with only 18 seconds left. Now, all Heinicke and Co. needed to do was just score a touchdown. Published October 31, 2021

Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) celebrates his interception with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington’s singed secondary shows signs of getting over the burn

Through seven games, Washington's secondary -- Kendall Fuller included -- has made a lot of mistakes. But as the unit prepares for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Washington's defense is finally starting to show signs of life in the secondary. Published October 27, 2021

Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) looks on from the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Last year’s 2-5 Washington team ended up in the playoffs. Is another miracle too much to ask?

The record 2-5 doesn't quite muster the same type of folklore in the District that 19-31 does for the Washington Nationals. But for the Washington Football Team last season, 2-5 was the record often cited when championing the Burgundy and Gold's NFC East division win. Just as how the Nationals used 19-31 as a rallying cry in 2019 -- the year they won the World Series. Published October 26, 2021

Washington Football Team's Jonathan Allen stops Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Washington defense takes step forward, still finds way to lose

Washington held the Packers to only 304 total yards -- a season best for a defense that had given up the second-most yards in the NFL this season entering the weekend. And by allowing "only" 24 points, the Burgundy and Gold snapped its five-game streak of surrendering at least 29 points. That, admittedly, might be setting the bar low for a defense expected to be a top-five unit before the year. Published October 24, 2021

Washington Football Team's Taylor Heinicke throws with Green Bay Packers' Rashan Gary defending during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Heinicke can’t catch Rodgers, Packers

The botched sequence was arguably the low point of Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. On an afternoon when plays were there for the taking, Taylor Heinicke and an offense racing to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers stalled one too many times. Published October 24, 2021

FILE - This is a 2021 photo of William Jackson III of the Washington NFL football team. Washington has been practicing without receiver Curtis Samuel for the balance of training camp and without cornerback William Jackson for the past week. Samuel and Jackson were the team's highest-priced free agent additions. (AP Photo/File)

William Jackson III out against Packers

The Washington Football Team will be without its top cornerback Sunday as William Jackson III is out with a knee injury. Jackson was one of the team's seven inactives against the Green Bay Packers. Published October 24, 2021

Former NFL players Ken Jenkins, right, and Clarence Vaughn III, center right, along with their wives, Amy Lewis, center, and Brooke Vaughn, left, carry tens of thousands of petitions demanding equal treatment for everyone involved in the settlement of concussion claims against the NFL, to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, in this Friday, May 14, 2021, file photo. Lawyers for the NFL and retired players are due to file proposed changes to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, to remove race-norming in dementia testing, which made it more difficult for Black players to qualify for payments. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

What is race norming? Here’s why NFL adjusted concussion settlement

What is race norming? The league announced in June that it would stop using the practice, following a public outcry that race norming was discriminatory for Black players suffering from dementia -- costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Published October 21, 2021