A fifth-year NFL player for 2016, Zeitler has been the Bengals’ starting RG since joining the team as a 2012 first-round draft choice ... Contributed last season to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (26.2) and seventh in yards per play (5.7) ... 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.
2015 highlights: Started at RG in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, aided pass protection that allowed no sacks and supported 396 yards net offense ... Supported a second straight sack-free game Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with 175-yard rushing output ... Led pass protection that helped QB Andy Dalton pass for a career-high 383 yards on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... Provided a key block for 13-yard TD run by RB Giovani Bernard on Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, and helped allow no sacks as Bengals posted first game in franchise history with more than 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing TDs ... In 27-24 OT win Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, helped lead rally from 24-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Bengals became first team since Week 15 of 2010 to win after trailing by 17 or more in final period ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, helped allow no sacks as Andy Dalton posted 118.6 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, helped offense accumulate 371 net yards, and helped Andy Dalton post a 139.8 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... Contributed to 376 yards offense Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, with no sacks allowed to Rams’ highly rated pass rush ... Supported career-high Andy Dalton passer rating (146.8) on Dec. 6 at Cleveland ... Supported 115.6 passer rating by AJ McCarron in QB’s NFL starting debut Dec. 20 at San Francisco ... Helped Bengals rush for 145 yards (5.4 per carry) in Jan. 3 win over Baltimore.
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 ... 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 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.. 2014—Started at RG in 12 games, and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 3-5 and 8, due to calf injuries ... Helped team 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) ... Helped Bengals allow no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported pass protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Andy Dalton posted 143.9 passer rating, and helped pave way for 186 rushing 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.
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.”