Article originally published at CincyJungle.com.
When the team announces their game-day active roster, H-back Orson Charles, who is primarily the team’s lead-blocker for Green-Ellis on running downs, was inactive. That opened the door for defensive tackle Domata Peko, who most of you remember as doing this:
Peko played three snaps on offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first coming in the third quarter during BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ third down conversion on third-and-one. Late in the game, Peko returned during a third-and-six when Cincinnati was attempting to milk the clock. Green-Ellis gained eight yards and the first down. C’mon man. Teams shouldn’t be allowed to convert a third-and-six running the ball deep into the fourth quarter. But then again, teams shouldn’t have a monster like Peko leading the way.
And Green-Ellis loves it.
“I wish he played offense,” said running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis via Bengals.com. “When he comes through, it’s automatic movement. Boom! And then you do the rest.”
Peko loves the change in scenery.
“I love playing fullback. Offense is awesome,” Peko said. “I love it. It’s a great opportunity to go out there and do what the coaches want me to do. I see a different color helmet in front of me, I just want to try and run them over.”
In the end, Peko realizes that being versatile in the NFL will keep you in the league longer. So he identifies The Fridge as inspiration for playing fullback.
“I used to watch or heard about when I was little Refrigerator Perry,” Peko said. “I’m trying to do that. I might not be as big as Refrigerator, so maybe I can be Ice Box. The more you can do in this business, man.”
Peko added a shared quarterback sack and an additional hit on the quarterback. As a defender.