Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
|No. 82 – Cleveland Browns|
|Position:||Tight end / Fullback|
|Born:||January 27, 1991|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Henry B. Plant (Tampa, Florida)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||Injured reserve|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2018|
High school career
Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his Sr. 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.  He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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.
New Orleans Saints
On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
Kansas City Chiefs
On May 31, 2017, Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad the next day. He was released on October 7, 2017. He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 25, 2017. He was promoted to the active roster on November 28, 2017. He was waived by the Chiefs on May 3, 2018.
He is listed on the Browns' roster as a tight end, but has lined up primarily as a fullback in the 2018 season. He appeared on the 2018 Pro Bowl ballot as a fullback, and Browns coaches have signaled they view him as such.
The Browns placed Charles on injured reserve with an ankle injury on December 13, 2018.
Shortly before the 2012 NFL draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.
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. In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.
- Alabama's $30K BCS trophy shattered - 4/18/2012 - ESPN
- Georgia's Orson Charles Named Mackey Award Finalist
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- Saints TE Orson Charles pleads guilty in road rage incident - http://kickoffcoverage.com - 2/27/2015