Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe and nose tackle Domata Peko are key cogs in the Broncos’ dominant run defense.
It is the top unit in the league, after a subpar performance in 2016. Wolfe said that Peko’s veteran presence has been a huge boost.
“He brings a level of leadership that you can’t really describe,” Wolfe said, via Broncos Wire’s Jon Heath. “Twelve years in the NFL, he’s seen it all. He’s dealt with a lot of different things. He’s been with one team for a long time.”
Peko played 11 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals. During that time he only missed five games, all during the 2009 season, and started from 2007-16.
The Broncos signed him during the offseason along with drafting defensive end DeMarcus Walker to help bolster their run defense. Through four games in 2017, the league-leading unit has shut down Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy, Melvin Gordon and Marshawn Lynch.
Peko’s numbers aren’t outstanding, only 5 tackles on the season, but his presence has made a big difference. The Broncos are one of the stronger teams in the NFL, and this season their defense has no weaknesses.
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