A fourth-year NFL player for 2015, Zeitler has been the Bengals’ starting RG since joining the team as a 2012 first-round draft choice ... Helped 2014 Bengals rank third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), third in least sack yardage allowed (130) and sixth in rushing yards (134.2 per game) ... Missed three games due to a calf injury suffered Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Missed Nov. 2 game vs. Jacksonville with a different calf injury, but returned Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Veteran Bengals OL boss Paul Alexander calls Zeitler “the hardest-working guy I’ve ever coached.”
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2012 NFL Draft (27th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-25-12 ... Bengals exercised option to extend contract by one year through 2016 on 4-28-15.
2014 highlights: Started at RG in 12 games (Games 2-3, 6-7 and 9-16), and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 3-5 and 8 (calf) ... Helped Bengals allow no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore and helped lead protection which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton, while offense tallied 380 net yards ... Started in win Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta but sidelined in second quarter with calf injury ... Returned to starting RG spot on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis ... Left Oct. 26 game vs. Baltimore in fourth quarter due to calf injury ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported pass protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Andy Dalton posted career-best 143.9 passer rating, and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, supported pass protection which allowed no sacks of Dalton, while offense put up 372 yards ... Helped power offense to 244 rushing yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, highest rushing yardage total for Bengals since Nov. 28, 2004 vs. Cleveland (253 yards) ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, helped pave way for 207 rushing yards and was part of pass protection that allowed no sacks.
Previous seasons: 2012—Rookie started every game, including Wild Card playoff ... Part of run-blocking effort for HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis to gain at least 100 yards four times in a five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), only second Bengal to get four in five games ... Team averaged 168.2 rushing yards over the five games ... For the season, helped Green-Ellis lead NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions (14), with only one failed try ... In Nov. 11 win vs. N.Y. Giants that started team’s second-half surge, helped offense allow no sacks for third game on the season ... Supported 189 team rushing yards Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards (6.5 average) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland. 2013—Started at RG in Games 1-10 and 16 for AFC North champs, and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 11-12 and active-DNP for Games 13-14,due to foot injury suffered in Game 10 at Baltimore ... Contributed to Bengals NFL rankings of tied for sixth in scoring and 10th in net offense ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, helped offense allow no sacks and post 407 net yards ... Helped power 162 rushing yards Oct. 6 vs. New England ... On Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, contributed to pass protection allowing only one sack for two yards as Andy Dalton threw career-best five TD passes ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, helped offense to 429 yards as Dalton posted 136.5 passer rating ... Contributed to blocking effort on Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore that allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton, and offense tallied 392 yards of net offense.
College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Wisconsin, starting 37 games over his final three seasons ... Rated in film studies with no sacks allowed during his career ... Capped his senior season with All-America first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Pro Football Weekly and the NFL Draft Report ... As a junior and as a senior, helped Badgers capture Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl berths ... Wisconsin went 32-8 record in his last three campaigns ... Credited with 68 TD-producing blocks, and had 23 games of blocking grades at 90 percent or higher ... As a senior, ranked as FBS leader in TD-resulting blocks (33).Personal: Hometown is Waukesha, Wis. (in Greater Milwaukee) ... Attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, where he started for two 13-1 teams and was named Little Ten Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior ... Also as a senior, was ranked as No. 4 college prospect in the state by Scout.com ... National Honor Society student in high school, and was an Academic All-Big Ten first-team choice as a senior, after also placing on the team as a junior ... Married (wife Sara) ... Majored at Wisconsin in kinesiology ... Hobbies include reading and training ... Last name is pronounced “ZITE-ler.”