Bengals: Andy Dalton Headlines Top 5 Pro Bowl Snubs

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Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) runs on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Seattle 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

4. Kevin Zeitler

Kevin Zeitler has been a mauler on the Bengals’ impressive offensive line throughout the 2015 season. The Wisconsin product, a former first-round pick, has improved on a season-to-season basis and finally looked primed to earn his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015.

But of course, since he’s a Bengal, he doesn’t get any love.

I’m no offensive line expert, and I’m not a Pro Football Focus subscriber, so there’s not much more I can say more than that Zeitler seemed to be gaining recognition in voting. As of December 9, the Bengal was fourth among guards in fan voting. Maybe coaches and players didn’t regard him as highly as fans do.

5. Cedric Peerman

Cedric Peerman may be the fourth-string running back on the Bengals’ depth chart, but he was still snubbed in Pro Bowl voting.

Cardinals special teamer Justin Bethel was deserving of the nod, but Patriots special teamer Matt Slater was voted to the Pro Bowl on name alone. Having been voted into the past four Pro Bowls, Slater earned his fifth Pro Bowl nod in 2015.

But Peerman was the more deserving player.

Slater has made 15 tackles on the season, which is impressive for a special teamer. But Peerman has tallied 14 special teams tackles, even forcing a fumble. He also returned two kickoffs for 27 yards when Adam Jones was dealing with his foot injury.

Bengals practice squad gems James Wilder Jrand Terrell Watson are eager to take the field, but until Peerman’s special teams magic slows down, it’s hard to see either player passing him up on the depth chart.

A true special teamer earns his place on the roster by making plays on special teams. That’s exactly what Peerman has done. It’s a disappointment to see Peerman’s outstanding season not end with Pro Bowl recognition.

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However, the special teamer is an alternate for the Pro Bowl. If the Cardinals or Patriots end up making the Super Bowl, Peerman could be headed for Hawaii.

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