It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report continues our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown.
Probably the most consistent thing you have read about the Broncos offensive line this year is the following: the one question we have an answer for is at center - Matt Paradis. Paradis is the only thing that will remain consistent about the offensive line from last season to this season - and luckily, that's a good thing!
Name: Matt Paradis
Height: 6'3" Weight: 300
Age: 26 Experience: 2
College: Boise State
Paradis was drafted by the Broncos in 2014 in the sixth round, and spent his first season on the Broncos practice squad. Paradis won the starting center position for the 2015 season and not only played in every game, he played every snap.
What makes Paradis playing every snap even more impressive is that he did it with (mostly) Peyton Manning at quarterback. And I don't anyone thinks it would be an easy task to deal with Manning's various audibles, not to mention super-high standards, as a rookie center.
To start with, Gary Kubiak thinks highly of him.
"Matt is becoming a really good player. Every snap last year, he took. That’s unusual in football. That kid did not miss a snap the whole season. He loves to play. He is the leader of our offensive football team right now as this quarterback deal continues to develop. I think Matt has been a leader during the course of the off-season and continues to do that now."
Are you wanting your center to help spring a running back? Paradis has been known to do that . . .
The bad: Not much really. Paradis is a better run blocker than pass blocker, but he is still such a young player I think we haven't seen the best of him on the field yet.
Paradis can get pushed around a bit during plays. But this can be said of pretty much any O-line player at some point.
Manning adjusting his arm angle delivering a nice ball & the crossing route at Dial takes Paradis skating. pic.twitter.com/ggmkt2B4pg— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) August 30, 2015
Quotable: Paradis talking about his leadership role this season:
"I think there are a couple of us that shoulder that. Trying to get the O-Line together and do some stuff as a unit and build that cohesion because like you said, we’ve got a lot of new guys. Just looking that from my rookie year, it’s myself and [T Michael] Schofield. The only guys back from that year and that have been there for that long. Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of turnover. We’ve got to build that cohesion and unity."
Roster Status: Unless Paradis faces an injury, he is a slam dunk as the starting center for the Denver Broncos.
Check out more Paradis plays below.
7th/8th/9th play of the 6th drive, and the first TD of the game were led by Ronnie Hillman. Paradis stood out most pic.twitter.com/2RgLsHhLH7— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) December 1, 2015