July 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fullback John Conner (32) works out during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
To this point, Charles has shown flashes of becoming a true H-back and adding just another weapon to this offense, but he hasn’t been consistent enough that the coaches are confident he can do more good than harm in that role entering the 2013 NFL season.
And none of them foresaw the competition that Charles would be getting from John Conner, who has played the role of “traditional fullback” so well this training camp that he could force the coaches to name him the starting FB:
"“They’re close. They’re doing a good job. These last two weeks will be telling for that position,” Hue Jackson said after Monday’s practice. “When you run for the yards we’ve run for, (the fullbacks have) obviously done a good job. There are still technical things to clean up. Playing lower and being more physical because that’s what that position brings. That position didn’t play a lot. Between the two of them they took 20 plays. So when they get their shots, you’ve got to be right on.”"
The original idea to implement an H-back and make Charles the primary option there was certainly a good one entering camp, but sometimes plans don’t workout, and the coaches have to be willing to accept that if keeping Conner as a traditional FB is the best option.