Orson Charles
Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
Tight end / Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Cincinnati Bengals ( 2012 2014)
Career highlights and awards
*All-SEC First Team (2011)
  • All-SEC Second Team (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     14
Receiving yards     185
Receiving average     13.2
Receiving touchdowns     0

Orson Charles (born January 27, 1991) is an American football tight end and fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his senior year, where he was a teammate of Aaron Murray. During a recruiting visit to the University of Florida in 2008, Charles accidentally dropped the school's 2006 National Championship Trophy, breaking the Waterford Crystal football.[1] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit | edit source]

Charles was named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award on November 21, 2011.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Charles was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he played all 16 games, starting 6 of them, accumulating 8 receptions for 101 yards. In 2013 Charles played primarily at fullback; He played 13 games but started none and recorded one catch for eight yards.[3]

New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

On June 16, 2016, Charles was signed by the Detroit Lions.[4] He was released on October 4, 2016.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

On May 31, 2017, Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad the next day.[7][8] He was released on October 7, 2017.[9] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 25, 2017. He was promoted to the active roster on November 28, 2017.[10] He was waived by the Chiefs on May 3, 2018.[11]

Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

On July 30, 2018, Charles signed with the Cleveland Browns.[12] He made the Browns final roster as the team's fourth tight end. Despite being listed as a tight end, Charles had lined up primarily as a fullback throughout the 2018 season. He appeared on the 2018 Pro Bowl ballot as a fullback, and Browns coaches have signaled they view him as such.[13] The Browns placed Charles on injured reserve with an ankle injury on December 13, 2018.[14]

On April 3, 2019, Charles re-signed with the Browns.[15] The Browns waived Charles on August 11, 2019.

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

On August 21, 2019, Charles signed with the Denver Broncos.[16] He was released on August 31, 2019.[17]

Legal troubles[edit | edit source]

Shortly before the 2012 NFL Draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.[18]

On March 31, 2014, Charles was arrested for wanton endangerment in Richmond, Kentucky. Charles was pulled over by a police officer after another driver called in a complaint that Charles had shown a gun multiple times.[18] In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alabama's $30K BCS trophy shattered - 4/18/2012 - ESPN
  2. Georgia's Orson Charles Named Mackey Award Finalist
  3. http://www.nfl.com/player/orsoncharles/2533047/profile
  4. Birkett, Dave (June 16, 2016). "Detroit Lions signing TE Orson Charles". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2016/06/16/orson-charles-detroit-lions/85986232/. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  5. "Lions sign TE Clay Harbor, release TE Orson Charles". October 4, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20161221204405/http://www.detroitlions.com/news/news-short/article-1/Lions-sign-TE-Clay-Harbor-release-TE-Orson-Charles/edaebf3a-d0ef-46fe-ac94-d0e2a265e726.
  6. Thorman, Joel (June 1, 2017). "Chiefs sign two players including TE Orson Charles". http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2017/6/1/15724490/chiefs-sign-two-players-including-te-orson-charles.
  7. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180603165651/http://www.chiefs.com/news/article-2/Chiefs-Roster-Down-to-NFL-Mandated-53/29056cc8-800b-4a3f-be18-d873f2470e6b.
  8. "Chiefs Sign Eight to Practice Squad". September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180603173550/http://www.chiefs.com/news/article-2/Chiefs-Sign-Eight-to-Practice-Squad/2095211c-8f3e-45d0-aa31-7a3c74e420b3.
  9. "Chiefs Sign TE Neal Sterling To Practice Squad, Release TE Orson Charles". October 7, 2017. http://nfltraderumors.co/chiefs-sign-te-neal-sterling-practice-squad-release-te-orson-charles/.
  10. "Chiefs promote TE Orson Charles to roster, sign DL to practice squad". November 28, 2017. http://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2017/11/28/chiefs-promote-te-orson-charles-to-roster-sign-dl-to-practice-squad/.
  11. Alper, Josh (May 3, 2018). "Chiefs cut a pair of players". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/03/chiefs-cut-a-pair-of-players/.
  12. "Browns sign 3 players". July 30, 2018. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-sign-3-players.
  13. Edwards, Josh. "Browns' depth chart against the Panthers". https://247sports.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/ContentGallery/Browns-depth-chart-Week-14-Panthers-120409673/#120409673_5.
  14. "Browns elevate LB Xavier Woodson-Luster to active roster". December 13, 2018. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-elevate-lb-xavier-woodson-luster-to-active-roster.
  15. "Browns sign TE/FB Orson Charles". April 3, 2019. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-sign-te-fb-orson-charles.
  16. DiLalla, Aric (August 21, 2019). "Broncos sign TE/FB Orson Charles, claim OLB Dadi Nicolas, OL Tyler Jones". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-sign-te-fb-orson-charles-claim-olb-dadi-nicolas-ol-tyler-jones.
  17. DiLalla, Aric (August 31, 2019). "Broncos make series of roster moves to reach 53-man limit". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-make-series-of-roster-moves-to-reach-53-man-limit.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Bengals' Orson Charles arrested". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10708378/orson-charles-cincinnati-bengals-arrested.
  19. Saints TE Orson Charles pleads guilty in road rage incident - http://kickoffcoverage.com - 2/27/2015

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