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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

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins warming up on the field before the start of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Giants turn to Jones, Dwayne Haskins still patiently waiting

With Jones set to start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Duke product will become the third rookie quarterback to start under center in 2019 -- joining Arizona's Kyler Murray and Jacksonville's Gardner Minshew. Haskins, though, will continue to have to wait his turn. Published September 17, 2019

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates his touchdown with teammate wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Cowboys fans make their voices heard in Redskins' home opener

Despite the Redskins being at home, Washington's home-opener featured a sea of Cowboys faithful -- as has been customary when the two teams meet. The Redskins reported a paid attendance of 75,128 on Sunday, and based on the noticeable number of Cowboys jerseys in the crowd, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to suggest the rooting interest of fans was evenly split. Published September 15, 2019

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) breaks away from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) to run downfield in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. Also on the field is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13). (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins' defense again embarrassed as Cowboys dominate

For months, the Redskins' defense was confident in its talent, seemingly assured they had the right collection of players to dominate games. But for the second straight week, Washington's supposed strength looked like a liability. Published September 15, 2019

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Smith celebrates his touchdown against Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Cowboys lead Redskins at halftime

The Dallas Cowboys lead 14-7 at halftime Sunday over the Redskins, who have committed a number of penalties to help their NFC East rival keep drives around. Published September 15, 2019

Washington Redskins' Quinton Dunbar walks off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Quinton Dunbar out vs. Cowboys

Washington's secondary will be shorthanded without Quinton Dunbar and cornerback Fabian Moreau (ankle). The Redskins signed cornerback Aaron Colvin on Friday, days after the Houston Texans released the 27-year-old for allowing two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints. Published September 15, 2019

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) jokes around with photographers before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Derrius Guice placed on injured reserve, Jordan Reed out vs. Cowboys

Tight end Jordan Reed, quarterback Colt McCoy, running back Derrius Guice, defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Caleb Brantley were all ruled out of Sunday's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Further, cornerback Quinton Dunbar was listed as questionable with a knee injury, while cornerback Fabian Moreau is doubtful with an ankle injury -- potentially leaving Washington's secondary incredibly thin. Published September 13, 2019

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass under pressure from New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) during a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) **FILE**

Cowboys' play-action presents 'headache' for Redskins D

After exploding for 494 yards in Week 1, the Cowboys offense under Moore looks revitalized. It's just one game, but the increased emphasis on play action -- pretending to run only to pass instead -- paid off against the Giants. Published September 11, 2019

Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn (14) looks for the pass as cornerback Greg Stroman (37) defends during the first day of NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) **FILE**

Redskins release Greg Stroman, J.P. Holtz

The Washington Redskins released 2018 seventh-round cornerback Greg Stroman and tight end J.P. Holtz on Tuesday and signed two players to replace them. Published September 10, 2019