Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Zeitler, one of Cincinnati’s two first-round selections in the 2012 draft, has quietly developed into a quality starter and a leader on the Bengals’ offensive line. It was really easy for Bengals fans to appreciate the quality of play Zeitler brings to the field when the Bengals played four games without him in 2014; the offensive line just wasn’t the same without him in those matches. Only 25 years old, the Wisconsin product is now entering his prime and could break out in 2015. He’s missed eight games in his three seasons pro, so although durability could be an issue, he’s tough enough to recover from injury and return to action. Hopefully we’ll be able to see him come into his own and earn a Pro Bowl nod for the first time in 2015.
I’m no offensive line expert, so it’s hard to predict what type of season Zeitler will have. All I can say is that he’s a monster run-blocker and he can hold his own in pass-blocking.
Zeitler has already helped Cincinnati’s offensive line become one of the best in the NFL; an increased level in production from Zeitler could help the Bengals’ offense become productive enough perhaps even win a playoff game.