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:
After watching the Oklahoma Drill, this Orson Charles thing at fullback might actually work out
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 28, 2013
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)
Bengals are one of the NFL’s toughest teams up front, and I think a willingness to practice that way is a reason why. No substitute for it.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 28, 2013