August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight endOrson Charles
(80) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
The top two tight ends are locked in, after that the team may feel more comfortable with keeping Alex Smith for a while and seeing if Orson Charles can give them what they want in a hybrid role. John Conner will be a tough cut, but to keep a player that will play a max of 10-12 snaps from scrimmage and offers little as a receiver will be hard to do. But, we don’t want a repeat of the Daniel Coats TE/FB experiment from the mid 2000’s either.
As far as snap distribution went during last night, Charles got 32 snaps last night, almost all of which were at TE, while Alex Smith got 29.
The offensive line has caught a little flak from some fans for letting defenses “T off” on Andy Dalton. Now with both tackles on the mend the team might need to keep an extra lineman until both make it back. With that said, I don’t think they do and go with the nine. With several players being able to play multiple position the team has some flexibility to go heavier at another position.