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Orson Charles | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 254
College: Georgia
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Titans signed TE Orson Charles to the practice squad.
Charles, the 116th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals, is still just 23 years old. He never found a role in Cincinnati, as the coaching staff couldn't decide whether to use Charles at tight end, fullback, or H-back. In Tennessee, he can develop under two former NFL tight ends in coach Ken Whisenhunt and TEs coach Mike Mularkey. Charles was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2011. Sep 3 - 12:33 AM

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Bengals waived FB Orson Charles.

The Bengals are very high on Ryan Hewitt, who has experience in the power running game Hue Jackson has installed. Charles, an H-back type, will appeal to teams thanks to his versatility.
Aug 30 - 2:26 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 11:33 AM

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.
Apr 1 - 9:03 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 02:22:00 PM

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

His position on the Bengals' website is now listed as "H-B" rather than "TE." Charles dabbled at 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.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 12:45:00 PM

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.
Source: bengals.com
Wed, May 29, 2013 12:15:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 5, 2013 05:55:00 PM

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."
Source: Bengals.com
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 07:36:00 PM

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.
Fri, May 11, 2012 06:43:00 PM

Bengals selected Georgia TE Orson Charles with the No. 116 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Charles was a consensus first-team All-SEC pick in 2011, before declaring early for the draft. He threw up several red flags, however, with poor in-shorts measurables, a pre-draft agent change, and a DUI arrest in early March. Charles plays faster in pads than he times, and he was a catch-first weapon down the seam in Georgia's pro-style passing game. He could develop into a very nice No. 2 tight end complement for Bengals starter Jermaine Gresham.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 01:01:00 PM

Georgia TE Orson Charles has switched agents.

It's a red flag with the draft just two weeks away, and a sign Charles felt his stock slipping following his disappointing Pro Day and March DUI arrest. Charles' upside in a tight-end crazy league should prevent him from falling beyond day two, but he's no longer a lock to be the second tight end off the board behind Stanford's Coby Fleener.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Apr 14, 2012 11:53:00 AM

Georgia TE Orson Charles was arrested Friday morning and charged with DUI in Clarke County, GA.

The first-team All-SEC tight end was the No. 1 prospect at his position, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock. Although underwhelming at Georgia's Pro Day early this week, Charles was still expected to push Stanford's Coby Fleener as the first tight end off the board next month. The DUI makes Charles a much riskier pick.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 08:31:00 AM

Wind gusts of 20-30 MPH at Monday's Georgia Pro Day may have adversely affected TE Orson Charles' forty times of 4.75 and 4.90.

The 4.75 was presumably with the wind and the 4.90 was likely "into" the wind, so Charles isn't necessarily off the hook for the disappointing sprints. CBS Sports' Rob Rang also had Charles in the 4.7-4.88 range. NFL teams are expected to slightly adjust the times in Charles' favor because of the conditions. Other marks from Charles' Pro Day included a 30 1/2" vertical, 9-foot-5 broad jump, 4.75-second short shuttle, and 4.29 three-cone time.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 01:57:00 PM

Georgia TE Orson Charles managed forty times of 4.75 and 4.90 at the Bulldogs' Monday Pro Day.

The times are disappointing for Charles, who opted against running at the Combine in an effort to post fast forty times in Athens. Charles may struggle to be drafted in round one. Our best guess is that Stanford's Coby Fleener will be the first tight end off the board in April. Charles is competing with Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green for No. 2.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 12:32:00 PM

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