Some wondered what would become of second-year tight end Orson Charles in this year's Training Camp. With Jermaine Gresham, a two-time Pro Bowl player ahead of him, as well as 2013 first rounder Tyler Eifert and 2013 free agent acquisition Alex Smith doing well in OTAs, some wondered if Charles would have a spot.
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden got creative with Charles and made him the team's "H-Back", which is a hybrid of a fullback and tight end. Charles has been lining up as the team's starting fullback, and according to Dan Hoard of Bengals.com, he has been looking good in the first two days of Training Camp. When injuries struck the fullback position late last season, Charles was plugged in there and the idea this year is that he can be yet another option for Andy Dalton out of the backfield.
Charles isn't the only young offensive player getting praise, as Hoard noted Eifert as another guy turning heads. Hoard claimed that Eifert has "been catching everything" and is Dalton's "favorite target" early on in camp. We knew that these two would be key guys in 2013 and it's good to hear that they're looking good early on.