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The H-back, Orson Charles, Marcel Reece and will it work in Bengals offense?

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Nov 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum. The Saints defeated the Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

But if you want to get a good idea of what the Bengals hope It’s also worth looking at how the Oakland Raiders utilized the talents of Marcel Reece while current running backs coach Hue Jackson was the offensive coordinator and head coach there. Jackson was instrumental he was in the development of the Raiders fullback, who is a very capable blocker in a traditional DB role, but his past experience as a receiver made him a potential weapon that Jackson utilized very well.

The Raiders picked up the former college receiver and experimented with him in a variety of positions and in this process found that fullback fit him best. The position was a difficult transition for Reece at first but he embraced the challenge. In the 2010 NFL season, he emerged as the starting fullback/H-back for the Raiders, hauling in 25 receptions for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for 122 yards and one touchdown.

He blocked for Pro Bowl alternate running back Darren McFadden, who rushed for 1,157 yards and 7 touchdowns, and is now viewed as the prototypical fullback/H-back in today’s NFL, which focuses more on the passing game, and even the FB needs to be a pass-catching threat. Since then Reece has posted seasons of 301 yards receiving on 27 catches in 2011, and 496 yards on 52 receptions in 2012.

Reece is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, and has the speed and good enough hands that he was a receiver in college at Washington. Orson Charles is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, and has attempted to be used in the same role with the Bengals as Reece has been used with the Raiders.