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Paradis anchors the line for Super Bowl champions

Former Boise State Bronco center Matt Paradis anchors the Denver Broncos’ offensive line, playing every snap last season for the Super Bowl champions.
Former Boise State Bronco center Matt Paradis anchors the Denver Broncos’ offensive line, playing every snap last season for the Super Bowl champions.

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.

The former Boise State Bronco turned Denver Bronco is a fan favorite, and was profiled by the Denver Post two days before the Super Bowl. He’s now being leaned upon to be a veteran presence, too.

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

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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.

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