Kevin Zeitler: Blocking for Saquon Barkley “can only make life more fun for me”

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Guard Kevin Zeitler signed a five-year deal with the Browns two years ago, so he expected to be in Cleveland for a while.

That changed this month when he was traded to the Giants as part of the deal that sent wide receiver Odell Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Browns. Zeitler said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was lifting when word of his move broke and called it “quite a shock” to find out he’d be changing teams.

Once the shock subsided, Zeitler also found himself excited about the prospect of clearing the way for running back Saquon Barkley.

“I mean, obviously, the first thought that popped in my head is like, ‘All right, we got Saquon!’,” Zeitler said. “I know he’s a heck of a player so that can only make life more fun for me. Right after I got traded, Eli Manning reached out, so did Nate Solder. Both sound like great guys that are in it, ready to work and whatever I can do to help, it’ll be great.”

The Giants picked up Zeitler because their offensive line play was abysmal for much of last season, so his presence could make life more fun for Barkley at the same time that the running back is brightening Zeitler’s days.

8 responses to “Kevin Zeitler: Blocking for Saquon Barkley “can only make life more fun for me”

  1. No, good guards are worth a helluva lot more than a dime a dozen while bad edge rushers are not. Cleveland dude, you got one that ain’t worth the dime. Meanwhile the incomparable OBJ is already spouting off. I’m gonna miss his excitement but not his headaches.

  2. The fact that Zeitler instantly thought of Saquon and not Eli is testament to how over-the-hill Eli is, and should be a red flag to Gettleman. Fortunately for the rest of the division, Gettleman just keeps digging deeper. I don’t know how you can be a worse GM than Bruce Allen, but Gettleman somehow pulls it off.

    I feel bad for Zeitler. He might not know it yet but any fun he has blocking for Saquon will be squashed by playing with the rest of the team.

  3. It does suck going from a team that WAS historically bad and finally turning the corner to a team who is heading on a downward spiral..

    As an Eagles fan I am supposed to hate Barkley, but damn if he isn’t fun to watch. IMO the best RB the league has seen since Marshall Faulk and Tomlinson.

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