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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

D.C. planning to tear down RFK Stadium in 2021

The District is planning to tear down RFK Stadium in 2021, the former home of the Washington Redskins and Nationals, according to multiple reports. Published September 5, 2019

Adrian Peterson: Trent Williams in town

Adrian Peterson said Thursday he recently met with Trent Williams in person and that the left tackle has returned to Virginia amid his holdout from the Washington Redskins. Published September 5, 2019

New York Jets' Sojourn Shelton (39) tackles Philadelphia Eagles' Wendell Smallwood (28) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) **FILE**

A bird's-eye view? Redskins downplay significance of adding former Eagles

Wendell Smallwood wasn't the only former Eagle to be picked up by the Redskins recently as Washington also signed defensive tackle Treyvon Hester on Monday -- raising the question of whether the Redskins did so specifically to get some inside information ahead of their matchup. Both players would have insights into the Eagles' on both sides of the ball, so why not use it? Published September 4, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) **FILE**

Case by Case: Redskins quarterback Keenum keeps an even keel as a backup or starter

Case Keenum doesn't wish he was born a few years later, but no one would blame him if he secretly wanted that. Ten years ago at the University of Houston, the quarterback started to post record-setting numbers in box scores, displayed a firm command of the spread system and even worked closely with offensive guru Kliff Kingsbury. All those traits are more than desired in the modern NFL. Published September 4, 2019

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, left, speaks with Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, right, before the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Expectations low -- really low -- for Redskins' middle-of-the-pack payroll

As the Redskins begin another season Sunday -- their 21st under owner Dan Snyder -- on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington faces a plethora of issues. Team president Bruce Allen said this offseason he believed the Redskins were "close" -- leaving some fans asking: "To what?" Published September 4, 2019

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

How the Redskins are bucking one NFL trend in 2019

Fifteen teams have a new play-callers, per The Ringer, since the start of last season, but the Redskins -- despite finishing 29th in offensive efficiency in 2018 -- aren't among them. That task will remain with coach Jay Gruden, whose job status has never been hotter entering his sixth season. Published September 1, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) talk after an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

With preseason over, Haskins embraces the backup role. How long will he have to wait?

As Dwayne Haskins walked on the grass of FedEx Field following Washington's 20-7 loss Thursday to the Baltimore Ravens, he exchanged pleasantries with Robert Griffin III. It was a brief meeting of the Redskins' future and past -- both first-round quarterbacks taken with the hope they would resurrect the franchise. Published August 30, 2019