Jul 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Orson Charles (80) runs in a play during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Camp Recap: Orson Charles Embracing the H-back. Oklahoma Recap




Orson Charles is looking to increase his odds of remaining on the team after being relegated to fourth-string TE after the Bengals signed veteran Alex Smith, who has looked impressive enough this offseason to leave Charles’ roster spot uncertain.

The former fourth-rounder out of Georgia showed promise last year, but with so many TEs on the roster, it’s unlikely they’ll all be on the roster when the Bengals open the season September 8th vs. the Chicago Bears.

Once the offseason began, Charles began embracing the potential role of becoming a fullback/H-back, a role he has looked good in thur far into camp:



Charles was labeled as one of the most impressive performers in the Oklahoma Drill, and continues to play both his natural TE spot, as well as FB. That essentially makes him an h-back, which could be ultimately what keeps him on the roster.


Receiver Marvin Jones continued to look impressive in practice, highlighted by several deep-passes Andy Dalton connected to him with. Jones did leave the field towards the end of practice with a slight injury, and we’ll keep you posted on his status. For now, he’s been Dalton’s #1 target with A.J. Green being out.


Speaking of which, Green doesn’t know when he’ll be back, as the All-Pro receiver continues to miss practice due to swelling in his knee as the result of a bone bruise he suffered during the first camp session on Thursday. He doesn’t even know when he will test his knee to determine a return date:

We don’t know yet. We’re not going to rush it. We have time, so we’re going to play it by ear. But it’s feeling much better now.

I’m not going to test it out no time soon. We’re just going to wait it out. The swelling is down, so it’s all good.


Perhaps Green was held out today in anticipation of the physical practice that was about to ensue, highlighted by the Oklahoma Drill, which Jay Morrison of the Cincinnati Enquirer recapped very nicely:


All told, the offense won 22 battles to the defense’s 13, and there were 11 draws.

Here are the round-by-round results:

Anthony Collins vs. Michael Johnson. Winner: Collins

Kyle Cook vs. Domata Peko. Winner: Draw

Kevin Zeitler vs. Geno Atkins. Winner: Atkins

Jermaine Gresham vs. James Harrison. Winner: Gresham

Orson Charles vs. Rey Maualuga. Winner: Charles

Marvin Jones vs. Reggie Nelson. Winner: Nelson via split decision

Mohamed Sanu vs. Leon Hall. Winner: Sanu

Andrew Hawkins vs. Terence Newman. Winner: Hawkins

Reid Fragel vs. Robert Geathers. Winner: Fragel

Tanner Hawkinson vs. Carlos Dunlap: Dunlap

Trevor Robinson vs. Wallace Gilberry: Robinson

Aaron Maybin vs. Tyler Eifert: Maybin

John Conner vs. Vontaze Burfict: Conner

Roy Roundtree vs. Taylor Mays: Mays

Ryan Whalen vs. Adam Jones: Whalen

Cobi Hamilton vs. Brandon Ghee: Hamilton

Dennis Roland vs. Margus Hunt: Hunt

Mike Pollak vs. Devon Still: Still

Tyler Eifert vs. Emmauel Lamur: Draw

T.J. Johnson vs. Brandon Thompson: Johnson

Orson Charles vs. Vincent Rey: Charles

Marvin Jones vs. Jeromy Miles: Draw

Tyrone Goard vs. Dre Kirkpatrick: Goard

Dane Sanzenbacher vs. Chris Lewis-Harris: Sanzenbacher

Tanner Hawkinson vs. DeQuin Evans: Evans

Dennis Roland vs. Dontay Moch: Moch

Trevor Robinson vs. Larry Black: Draw

Richard Quinn vs. Jayson DiManche: Quinn

John Conner vs. Sean Porter: Porter

Roy Roundtree vs. Shawn Williams: Williams (convincingly)

Ryan Whalen vs. Shaun Prater: Draw

Cobi Hamilton vs. Onterio McCalebb: Draw

John Sullen vs. Terrence Stephens: Sullen

Richard Quinn vs. Brandon Joiner: Draw

Orson Charles vs. J.K. Schaffer: Charles

Taveon Rogers vs. Tony Dye: Rogers

Tyrone Goard vs. Terrence Brown: Goard

Dane Sanzenbacher vs. Troy Stoudemire: Stoudemire

Richard Quinn vs. Jordan Campbell: Draw

John Conner vs. Bruce Taylor: Taylor

Roy Roundtree vs. George Iloka: Iloka

Tanner Hawkinson vs. Brandon Thompson: Hawkinson

Reid Fragel vs. Devon Still: Fragel

Kyle Cook vs. Rey Maualuga: Draw

Marvin Jones vs. Shawn Williams: Draw

Jermaine Gresham vs. Geno Atkins: Gresham (with a possible false start)



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