Orson Charles RB NO 7 Months2 Comments

Updating a previous item, Bengals FB Orson Charles allegedly brandished a firearm while driving down the highway in Kentucky on Monday night.

Charles was arrested on first-degree wanton endangerment charges and is currently awaiting arraignment. A complaint was called in by another driver after Charles had a fit of road rage that saw the Bengals' H-back brandish a firearm several times and cut the aforementioned driver off on the interstate. Charles was booked for DUI prior to the 2012 draft.

Orson Charles RB NO 7 Months

Bengals FB Orson Charles was arrested in Madison County, Kentucky on Monday night for first degree wanton endangerment.

It's a felony charge. A person guilty of wanton endangerment shows extreme indifference to the value of human life and chooses to engage in conduct that creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person. Charles is currently awaiting arraignment and for his bond to be set.

Orson Charles RB NO Aug 05 '13

The Bengals listed former TE Orson Charles as the first-team fullback on their opening depth chart of camp.

He's already ahead of John Conner and injured Chris Pressley. Charles is more H-back than lead blocker, but "has been among the most pleasant surprises this camp," per ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley. Charles is off the fantasy radar, but his move into the starting lineup is an indication the Bengals will use fewer I-formation runs with BenJarvus Green-Ellis' role diminishing.

Orson Charles RB NO Jul 08 '13

The Bengals appear to be moving TE Orson Charles to fullback full time.

We knew Charles was dabbling in fullback during OTAs, but coach Marvin Lewis intimates the position switch is permanent. "He's a guy we know can play tight end but we're moving him to the backfield," Lewis said. "He brings athleticism and natural pass-catching ability to the position." Showing well as a lead blocker may be Charles' only path to a roster spot. He's currently behind Chris Pressley and John Conner on the depth chart.

Orson Charles RB NO May 29 '13

Bengals TE Orson Charles is getting some reps at fullback during OTAs.

Charles is trying to salvage his roster spot with versatility. The 2012 fourth-round pick won't be any higher than third on tight end depth chart with Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert in town.

Orson Charles RB NO May 05 '13

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy suggests second-year TE Orson Charles could be on the roster bubble this summer.

Charles was such a rookie non-factor that he hasn't merited a Rotoworld blurb since June of 2012. Reedy expects Charles to be the Bengals' "No. 3 TE or released." A fourth-round pick out of Georgia, Charles played roughly 300 snaps but caught only eight passes for 101 yards. He's become superfluous after Tyler Eifert was drafted to team with Jermaine Gresham in two-tight packages.

Orson Charles RB NO Jun 12 '12

Fourth-round TE Orson Charles has exceeded coach Marvin Lewis' expectations "in every way."

"I knew he was a big, strong guy," said Lewis. "But his ability to run and catch the ball has been impressive." Although Charles has his hands full learning responsibilities in both the run and pass game, OC Jay Gruden is impressed that "physically he's shown things that are very exciting" and "his strength is unreal."

Orson Charles RB NO May 11 '12

Bengals signed fourth-round TE Orson Charles to a four-year contract.

Though he flashed explosive talent as a first-team All-SEC pick in 2011, Charles tested poorly before the draft and was also arrested for a March DUI, sending his stock into a tailspin. He'll compete for the "move" tight end role behind Jermaine Gresham, although that hasn't been a productive position in Cincinnati's recent offenses. It may change in Jay Gruden's second year.