3. Orson Charles, Tight End
Last season, the Browns went four deep at tight end as they had David Njoku, Darren Fells, Seth DeValve, and Orson Charles on the 53-man roster. While he was listed as a tight end, Charles took the majority of his snaps in the backfield as a lead blocker while serving in an H-Back role.
He played well in this role as he opened up lanes for Nick Chubb during some of his best performances on the season. However, Charles didn’t finish the year on the field as he was sent to the injured reserve after playing in 13 games with an ankle injury.
Outside of his role as a blocker, Charles didn’t get utilized much at all. He had just three receptions for 23 yards on the year and may need to prove he can offer more than that during the preseason to make the final cut.
New offensive coordinator Todd Monken often used a single back set with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the fullback role in itself is becoming obsolete. Yes, it will be nice to have him there as an option but there could be a chance this staff could go a different route — unless he can convince them otherwise.