Orson Charles, Tight End — Ankle
In Week 15, Orson Charles was sent to the injured reserve after hurting his ankle. While that move may not have made news around the league, true Browns fans understood how much this one affected the roster.
Listed as a tight end, Charles found his way to the field a lot as a blocker, even lining up as a full back from time to time. HIs play in this regard was an underrated part of the offense, although DPD’s Elliot Kennel has been high on Charles for quite some time. He’s a fan of the old-school blocking that Charles brings to the game, especially when he lines up in the H-back role and opens things up for the running backs.
"“He only made three receptions for 23 yards in 2018, but that isn’t very important. What’s much more significant is that his blocking opened holes for Chubb, who set a Browns rookie record with 996 rushing yards. Blocking in the running game doesn’t show up in the box score, but you can bet that when Chubb and Charles go out to dinner, Chubb picks up the tab. The presence of Charles no doubt will warm the hearts of old school fans.” — Kennel"
Charles should have a similar role in 2019. He won’t push David Njoku or Demetrius Harris for the top tight end spots, but his ability to line up in the backfield should ensure a role for him this year — even if he doesn’t fill up the stat sheets.