Paradis has started in all 32 regular-season games and three playoff games over his first two campaigns in the league. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season, despite playing with lingering hip pain. Yet, he didn't sweat his NFL future despite his ailments.
"I never was *that *worried," Paradis told KUSA-TV. "I might have been worried about quality. And that's something we're still going to have to work out. But man, they're feeling great. I guess I never realized how much pain I was in previously and now it's like, "You mean I'm not supposed to be in pain all day, every day?"
Getting Paradis back is a huge boost for a retooled Broncos offensive line. Two free-agent acquisitions, Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson, are slated to line up at right guard and right tackle respectively. Denver selected Utah lineman Garett Bolles in the first round this past draft, and he'll compete for the left tackle gig.
Despite a batch of new faces, Paradis still has high expectations this upcoming season for the unit.
"We've got some new guys and they're all hard workers and grinders," Paradis said. "We're going to have a good group. It's going to be fun."