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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

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Dawand Jones (74) blocks during a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Commanders on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Cleveland. Washington won 17-15. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Commanders paying ‘extra attention’ to fast rising Andre Jones Jr.

Rookie Andre Jones Jr. was considered a raw prospect who needed a lot of development when he was taken in the draft. But on Wednesday, after Washington's joint practices against the Baltimore Ravens concluded, coach Ron Rivera beamed and uttered 'wow' when asked about Jones. Published August 16, 2023

FILE - Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va., Jan. 2, 2020. The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform is asking the Republican chair in charge to refer former Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to the Department of Justice for lying under oath. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Rep. Jamie Raskin urges House Oversight Committee to refer Dan Snyder to DOJ

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee rejected a call from the ranking member of the panel who urged him Wednesday to refer former Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to the Department of Justice for potentially lying under oath and obstructing the committee's previous 14-month-long investigation into the team. Published August 16, 2023

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin, left, runs a route for quarterback Sam Howell during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Growing trust between Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin impresses against Ravens

The difference between going against Marlon Humphrey and your standard cornerback is the All-Pro's physicality. That, Terry McLaurin says, is noticeable right from the snap -- when the Baltimore Ravens corner tries to jam wideouts at the line of scrimmage and then continues to impose himself through the route. Published August 15, 2023

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera stands on the sideline during an NFL pre-season football game against the Cleveland Browns, Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)

Ravens joint practices provide valuable opportunity for Commanders

The Commanders will share the practice field Tuesday and Wednesday with Baltimore at the Ravens' facility in Owings Mills, Maryland, marking Washington's first joint sessions since 2018 when then-coach Jay Gruden and the team hosted the New York Jets in Richmond. Published August 14, 2023

Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste lines up during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Commanders defense puts preseason focus on performance, not hype

Two years ago, a star-studded Washington Commanders' defense strutted into the 2021 season with talk of breaking records. The unit was seen as one of the best in the league -- and management had just added the top cornerback on the market to the mix. What followed was a humbling experience. Published August 6, 2023