Orson Charles TE CIN 4 Months
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 TE CIN 5 Months
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 TE CIN 7 Months
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 TE CIN 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 TE CIN 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.