William “Refrigerator” Perry is one of the most beloved players in the history of the Chicago Bears.
Perry came along at the right time as a rookie during the 1985 season and carved out a real role for himself as a defensive tackle before becoming a sensation when he dabbled as a two-way player as a fullback.
Are the Bears working on a second coming of the Fridge?
Well, on Wednesday during the team’s ninth OTA practice, defensive tackle Henry Melton lined up in the backfield. Melton is more familiar with a role on offense than Perry ever was. Melton actually began his career at Texas as a running back, scoring 10 touchdowns as a freshman and six more as a sophomore. It was during his junior season that he was moved to defensive end. The Bears have since moved Melton inside to tackle, and he had a strong season last year with seven sacks. Big things are expected of him as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Could some time in the backfield be in store for Melton, who is 6-3, 295 pounds?
“I have some experience playing running back. (They’re) trying to bring me back, play some fullback a little bit,” Melton told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “Trying to bring it back, see what I’ve got left. It’s fun. I’m trying to perfect my craft at defensive tackle. But it’s a fun switch-up. Any way I can help.
“We’ll see how it goes. I’ve got to go the right way first. We’ll get a hold of that. Hopefully you might see me a little bit on offense ... you might see me out there a little bit.”
It would be a greater help to the Bears if Melton appears more in the opponent’s backfield. But a little time moonlighting on offense can’t hurt his role on defense.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune