A third-year NFL player for 2014, Zeitler has been starting RG since joining Bengals as a 2012 first-round draft choice ... Missed three games due to a calf injury suffered in game on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, but returned to starting lineup on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis … Missed Nov. 2 game vs. Jacksonville with calf injury, but returned for Nov. 6 game vs. Cleveland ... Helped Bengals allow no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history … Contributed in 2013 to Bengals NFL rankings of tied for sixth in scoring and 10th net offense ... Missed four games last season with foot injury, but returned to start regular-season finale and Wild Card playoff ... 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.
2014 highlights: Started at RG in Games 2-3, 6-7 and 9-10, helping Bengals rank third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (13) … Inactive for Games 3-5 and 8 (calf) ... 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.
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 ... Supported effort Sept. 23 at Washington that netted season highs in yards (478) and points (38) ... 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 ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, supported third straight 100-yard rushing game for BenJarvus Green-Ellis (25-118) and helped lead pass protection that allowed only one sack for zero yards ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided rushing effort of 41-for-157 (3.8) and season-best 37:40 possession time, with Green-Ellis (106) becoming only second player in Bengals history to get four 100-yard rushing totals in span of five team games. 2013—Started at RG in Games 1-10 and 16 ... Inactive Games 11-12 due to foot injury suffered in Game 10 at Baltimore ... Active-DNP for Games 13-14 ... Returned to action for Game 15 vs. Minnesota ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, helped offense allow no sacks with 407 net yards ... Contributed to blocking that supported 105.5 passer rating by Andy Dalton on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Helped power offense to 162 rushing yards on Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Aided blocking effort on Oct. 13 at Buffalo in which Bengals tallied a season-high in total net yards (483), including season-highs in both rushing (165) and passing (318) yards ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, helped lead protection that allowed only one sack as Dalton posted a then career-high 135.9 passer rating ... 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 ... Aided 163-yard rushing total Oct. 31 at Miami ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, helped offense to 429 yards as Andy Dalton posted career-high 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.