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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

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) stands next to Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins will be trying to give coach Jay Gruden his first victory in a season opener in five tries when they face the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday. Sept. 9, 2018. The team Gruden will face is something of a mystery, with a rebuilt offense and redesigned defense under new coach Steve Wilks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Redskins solution to slow starts? Eliminate turnovers

When Jay Gruden poured through the film of his last four season openers -- all of which were losses -- he didn't like what he saw. As he went through his review, the Redskins coach kept noticing the same types of mistakes. Published September 6, 2018

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns fans hold a sign following the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Glitz takes a hit: NFL still on top, but dogged by problems

Last year, the league's television ratings fell another 9.7 percent -- having fallen eight percent in 2016. The two-year dip comes at a time when the NFL is juggling negotiations for a new national anthem policy, a collusion case from the league's biggest unemployed star, a public-relations battle with President Trump and an ever-growing concern about the safety of the game. Published September 5, 2018

Redskins defensive guard Jonathan Allen (93) is up against Daron Payne (95) during the NFL football team's full practice session at the Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Allen, Payne ready to lift up Redskins' defensive line

When the Redskins open the season Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, they'll do so with a remade defensive line. After drafting Jonathan Allen with their first-round pick in 2017, Washington selected Daron Payne with the 13th overall pick this year, and Tim Settle in the fifth round. Published September 3, 2018

Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley, center, rushes the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine strong in Redskins preseason finale

Redskins running back Rob Kelley ran like his job depended on it. Samaje Perine and Kapri Bibbs did, too. The Redskins running backs were the story in Thursday's 30-20 loss against the Baltimore Ravens as Washington concluded its preseason -- and all three made their case for spots on the 53-man roster. Published August 30, 2018