From Council High to Boise State walk-on defensive lineman to all-conference center to NFL draft pick to Super Bowl champion. It’s been a ride as unlikely as it has been exciting for Matt Paradis. The 2014 sixth-round pick of the Denver Broncos, Paradis was the only player on the team to play every snap. That also meant a league-best $391,000 performance bonus.
Paradis is also likely to be the only returning starter on the offensive line for the Super Bowl L champs.
“It feels weird being the vet,” Paradis said.
Next preseason game: vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. Aug. 20
BILLY WINN, DL, BRONCOS
Following one season in Indianapolis, preceded by three in Cleveland, Winn signed with Denver early in training camp. Winn has 92 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in 52 career games.
JERON JOHNSON, S, CHIEFS
Undrafted in 2011, Johnson quickly proved he had what it takes to play in the NFL, playing on Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship team. He spent last season with the Redskins, but was released March 7. He signed with Kansas City on Aug. 5.
“He’ll bring a toughness and energy to us,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said.
Johnson has been a special teams standout, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown for Seattle in 2012, and blocked one for Washington last season, the team’s first since 2006.
First preseason game: vs. Seattle, 2:30 p.m. today
This week with preseason games beginning, we’re checking in with former Boise State players in NFL camps, by division. On Monday, we took a look at the NFC North. On Tuesday, it was the NFC West, and the lone Bronco in the division, Rees Odhiambo. On Wednesday, the NFC East, chock full of former Boise State stars. Thursday, the NFC South. Friday, the AFC North. Tomorrow we’ll look at the AFC East.
Here’s the current list of former Broncos on rosters, as of today:
Kamalei Correa, LB, Baltimore
Charles Leno, OL, Chicago
George Iloka, S, Cincinnati
Jamar Taylor, CB, Cleveland
Tyrone Crawford, DL, Dallas
DeMarcus Lawrence, DL, Dallas
Kellen Moore, QB, Dallas
Orlando Scandrick, CB, Dallas
Matt Paradis, C, Denver
Billy Winn, DL, Denver
Jeron Johnson, S, Kansas City
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami
Tyler Gray, LB, Miami
Blake Renaud, FB, Minnesota
Shea McClellin, LB, New England
Marcus Henry, C, New Orleans
Kyle Wilson, CB, New Orleans
Ryan Clady, OT, New York Jets
Donte Deayon, CB, New York Giants
Darian Thompson, S, New York Giants
Rees Odhiambo, OL, Seattle
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay
Kelsey Young, RB, Washington
Note: Lee Hightower, who played at Boise State in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to Houston for his final three seasons, is on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster.