Orson’s Time Up in Cincinnati?
August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Orson 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
Controversial is one word that may describe the decision that the Bengals Coaching Staff made last pre-season. It would not be an overstatement to say that the Orson Charles experiment has now failed.
Early on as a Bengal it seemed that Charles was going to become a solid back-up for Jermaine Gresham. After a solid season of being un-productive, the Coaching staff moved Charles to the H-Back / Fullback position. This became nearly a 3-way competition between Charles, Former Starting Fullback Chris Presley, and former Bengal and Jet, John Conner.
After spending a significant amount of his career on the disabled list, the Bengals went with the decision to release Chris Presley. The decision then came down to keeping one of the two remaining, Charles or Connor. As it was well document on the HBO Series, “Hard Knocks” the Bengals elected to keep Charles. Connor went on to have a productive season with the New York Football Giants. Charles on the other hand, played in a limited role throughout the season for a power rushing attack that was, “lacking”.
With the recent events in Charles arrest, and the way Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown feel about “problem players” maybe it is time for the Bengals to go another route. Jay Prosch, a FullBack from Auburn, has been predicted as one of the better FullBacks in the 2014 NFL Draft Class, to go in the later rounds.
In Prosch’s Pro Day, he posted 27 Reps (225lbs), and ran a 4.72 40-Yard Dash.