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Orson Charles should not be in the situation he's in.
However, with Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham locked in to bigger roles with the offense and recent addition Alex Smith having a great offseason, the water has been muddied for Charles.
He's clearly aware of the dwindling playing time headed his way and has elected to transition to the Bengals paper-thin full-back corps.
Jay Gruden says Charles is getting to grips with the nuances of the run game:
“It’s just a matter of how you go about your business as far as run block from that position, cutting off and getting back to linebackers is different than from a fullback position,” Gruden said. “On the outside zones, inside zones, leading up on linebackers, it’s a different approach. He’s fighting through that, he’s learning that.”
With Chris Pressley nursing a quad injury and John Conner the only other full back on the team, the outlook is good for Charles.
But, a year ago we were expecting to see endless streams of Charles/Gresham two TE sets. Now, Charles faces losing out to both Eifert and Smith.
He needs a strong training camp to get his name back in the mix where it belongs.