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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 quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Landover, Md. The Baltimore Ravens won 31-17. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Darrell Green: Haskins had arrogance problem

Darrell Green has observed Dwayne Haskins from afar, and the Washington legend believes he knows the reason the 23-year-old has struggled to start his NFL career. Published November 11, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) in action during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Smith, Rivera share power of positivity with Walter Reed vets

During his recovery, Alex Smith's leg injury was considered so severe that he was granted special access to visit the Center for the Intrepid -- a military facility in San Antonio, Texas usually reserved for those with combat wounds. The Washington quarterback took three trips to the center after gaining clearance from the office of the secretary of defense to receive treatment. Published November 10, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen (8) injured his leg in a play against New York Giants strong safety Jabrill Peppers (21) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Allen joins the fraternity of wrecked Washington QBs

Two years ago this month, Alex Smith suffered his own devastating leg injury. But the Washington backup -- thrust suddenly into action -- couldn't dwell in the moment on the eerie parallels. Published November 8, 2020

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Early into his career, Daniel Jones has Washington's number

To understand the letdown that Washington suffered defensively Sunday, realize this about New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones: In the second year of his career, the Duke product is just 5-17 as a starter. Four of those wins have come against Washington. Published November 8, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs to avoid being tackled by New York Giants cornerback Isaac Yiadom (27) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Alex Smith can't cap off rally as Washington falls to Giants

Not long after Kyle Allen was carted off, with his fractured ankle in an air cast, Joe Theismann chimed in with a tweet. He perfectly put into words what so many others had to be thinking. And he didn't even need the full 280 characters to do it. Published November 8, 2020

Washington Football Team wide receiver Steven Sims (15) warms up before playing the Cleveland Browns in a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Sims makes return for Washington after toe injury

Veteran Dontrelle Inman was among the team's inactives with a hamstring injury, while wideout Steven Sims will be active for the first time since Week 3. Washington activated Sims, who had missed the past four games with a toe injury, off injured reserve on Saturday. Published November 8, 2020

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) in action during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Chase Young faces tough critic over lack of sacks: His mom

Carla Young is a tough grader. With the Washington rookie defensive end coming out of the bye week, Chase Young received just a C+ from his mother when she assessed his performance thus far. She made her reasons clear, too. Published November 5, 2020

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) in action during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)  **FILE**

'I didn't even know:' Terry McLaurin named team captain

Before practice Wednesday, Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff congratulated Terry McLaurin. The only problem? The second-year Washington wide receiver didn't know what the two were talking about. Published November 4, 2020