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Kevin Zeitler | Guard | #68

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 315
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (27) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Bengals exercised their fifth-year option on RG Kevin Zeitler.
It's a no-brainer for the Bengals as Zeitler has been a steady starter for three straight years and was a top-9 guard in PFF's 2014 grades. The option, guaranteed for injury only, will be worth a little more than $8 million. They'll likely get that number down in the form of an extension before the 2016 league year opens. Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:36:00 AM

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Bengals RG Kevin Zeitler was forced from Cincinnati's Week 2 game against the Falcons with a calf injury.

Zeitler was officially ruled out in the fourth quarter. It's possible he could have returned were the Bengals not throttling the Falcons, but that's pure speculation. His status will be updated this week.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 03:31:00 PM

Bengals RG Kevin Zeitler will return from his foot injury in Week 14 against the Colts.

It's good news for the Cincinnati running game. The 27th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Zeitler has been sidelined since Week 10. Pro Football Focus has graded Zeitler as a top-13 run-blocking guard this season.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 01:22:00 PM

Bengals RG Kevin Zeitler exited Sunday's Week 4 game against Cleveland with a foot injury, but returned in the third quarter.

The Bengals did a major O-Line shuffle to compensate, kicking LT Andrew Whitworth inside to left guard with LG Clint Boling sliding over to right guard. Anthony Collins became Cincinnati's first-team left tackle. Zeitler returned on the Bengals' second possession of the third quarter.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Bengals signed No. 27 overall pick RG Kevin Zeitler to a four-year contract.

Viewed by NFL Films guru Greg Cosell as a more athletic and more complete guard prospect than Steelers first-rounder David DeCastro, Zeitler immediately stepped into the starting lineup at right guard in OTAs. A mauling run blocker, Zeitler should represent an upgrade on the declining Bobby Williams.
Fri, May 25, 2012 01:13:00 PM

No. 21 pick OG Kevin Zeitler is working as the Bengals' first-team right guard at OTAs.

Coach Marvin Lewis previously said Zeitler will be given the "opportunity" to earn a starting job, but the odds are being stacked heavily in his favor. Barring an unexpectedly poor preseason, Zeitler will be Cincinnati's starting right guard.
Tue, May 22, 2012 11:29:00 AM

The Bengals say they would have taken RG Kevin Zeitler at No. 21, even without trading down to the 27th spot.

In the process of trading down, Cincy acquired a third-round pick that turned out to be highly regarded DT Brandon Thompson. Teams aren't always 100 percent honest about draft boards and intentions after the draft -- they're more concerned with PR -- but it sure seems like a good deal if the Bengals are being honest. It also sounds like they had a higher grade on Zeitler than David DeCastro.
Thu, May 3, 2012 08:45:00 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed that first-rounders OG Kevin Zeitler and CB Dre Kirkpatrick will have the opportunity to start as rookies.

A strong run blocker, Zeitler also went two years at Wisconsin without giving up a sack. He should be the favorite to start at right guard over Jacob Bell, Otis Hudson, and Clint Boling. With Nate Clements, Leon Hall, and several veteran options at corner, the Bengals can bring Kirkpatrick along more slowly.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:43:00 AM

Bengals selected Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

This is after a trade down with the Patriots. Zeitler is a true Wisconsin type offensive lineman, flourishing in the ground game with power to open up running lanes. He struggles a bit when he does not win initial contact, losing leverage and balance in the process. But, when Zeitler gets his hands in sound position and extends his arms in pass protection, he frequently controls the opposition. Zeitler is an instant starter for the Bengals front line.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 10:36:00 PM

According to SI's Peter King, there's a "lot of love" for Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler "low" in the first round.

Zeitler's stock has been solidifying late, and it now appears there's a real chance he'll go on day one. He's Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' fifth-ranked guard.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 09:49:00 AM

Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler reportedly scored a 33 on his Wonderlic Test at the February Scouting Combine.

We don't usually post individual linemen Wonderlic scores, but this was an opportunity to discuss Zeitler's seemingly rising draft stock. He's now thought to be getting some late first-round consideration. One draft evaluator described Zeitler as "a dependable, no-nonsense mauler," and he will appeal to man-blocking schemes as a power guard. Zeitler can also play center.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 09:29:00 AM

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