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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

Articles by Matthew Paras

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Carson Wentz re-enters picture as Commanders search for ‘spark’

Though Wentz didn't exactly lift the Commanders during his first stint -- the team went just 2-4 in his six starts before breaking his finger In October -- Rivera said he thinks the quarterback is in a better position to do so this time around. Here's why. Published December 28, 2022

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass as he is pressured by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (54) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (1) in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Carson Wentz replaces Taylor Heinicke, but Commanders still can’t stop 49ers

After throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Taylor Heinicke stormed to the sideline and was met by coach Ron Rivera. The conversation between the two lasted just seconds, but it was long enough for the Washington Commanders quarterback to slam his helmet out of frustration. Published December 24, 2022

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder poses for photos during an event to unveil the NFL football team's new identity on Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Commanders receive offers north of $7 billion

Bids to purchase the Washington Commanders are due by the end of this week -- and owner Dan Snyder could get a lot more for the franchise than initially expected. Published December 22, 2022

Washington Commanders' Terry McLaurin scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) **FILE**

McLaurin leads four Commanders headed to Pro Bowl

Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, punter Tress Way, safety Jeremy Reaves and wideout Terry McLaurin were among the Commanders' Pro Bowl selections when the NFL announced the rosters Wednesday evening. All but McLaurin were named starters. Published December 21, 2022

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy speaks at a news conference after the 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game in Seattle, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Commanders’ playoff hopes may come down to stopping a third-stringer

Near-constant quarterback change can be a nightmare for any NFL team. The Commanders know that better than most. But the 10-4 49ers have been able to sustain the churn as Brock Purdy -- the last pick in this year's draft -- has performed at a relatively high level. Published December 21, 2022

Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke speaks during a news conference after a 20-12 loss to the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Heinicke to start against 49ers. But Rivera wants to see improvement.

Ron Rivera said Monday that he won't make a quarterback change for Saturday's showdown with the San Francisco 49ers. But with three games left on the schedule, practically every decision that Rivera makes down the stretch will be magnified. Published December 19, 2022

New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) defends Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) on fourth down to seal a 20-12 victory, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Durant, Commanders fans post memes of Samuel no-call

A day after Washington's loss, Commanders fans -- including NBA star Kevin Durant -- posted a series of memes that feature Giants corner Darnay Holmes wrapped around Commanders wide receiver Curis Samuel in photoshopped situations. Published December 19, 2022