Brandon Zylstra

Brandon Zylstra

Wide Receiver #0
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 215 lb.
College:Concordia-Moorhead, MN
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Brandon Zylstra: Closes out 2019 with impressive day

Zylstra hauled in six of eight targets for 96 receiving yards during Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The 26-year-old wideout from Concordia-Moorhead (MN) took advantage of increased playing time Week 17, logging a game-high in receiving yards as Carolina's No. 1 WR D.J. Moore sat out with a concussion. Zylstra fielded a season-high 24 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps Week 16 when Moore went down with injury in the first quarter of a blowout loss to Indianapolis, but in the season finale against New Orleans he was even more involved, finishing behind only Christian McCaffrey in targets among Panthers players. With one year remaining on his current deal, Zylstra will strive to carry his newfound momentum into 2020 in pursuit of a more integral role in Carolina's offensive attack.

December 29, 2019 2:04 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Opportunity knocks

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Thursday that Zylstra is one of the receivers expected to fill in for D.J. Moore (concussion) in Week 17, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In the likely event that Moore is forced to sit out Sunday's regular-season finale against the Saints, Zylstra and Chris Hogan will likely be the primary beneficiaries of increased roles on offense. The second-year pro caught his only target for three yards during Week 16's loss to the Colts.

December 26, 2019 1:24 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Makes first grab

Zylstra caught one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Zylstra had been targeted just once through four games entering Sunday, but was able to make his first catch of the campaign while playing late in Week 14's blowout defeat.

December 9, 2019 7:30 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Claimed off waivers

Zylstra was claimed off waivers by Carolina on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Zylstra failed to latch on with the Vikings, and after he was cut by the team Sunday, was quickly picked up by another squad. He faces a tough battle for snaps and targets with proven veterans ahead of him in Carolina, but could be an injury or two away from making an impact in 2019.

September 1, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Waived by Minnesota

Zylstra was waived by the Vikings on Saturday, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Analysis: Zylstra played in all 16 games for the Vikings a year ago, with his work coming almost exclusively on special teams. He ended the year with just a single reception for 23 yards. If he clears waivers he'll be a free agent and could get an opportunity on a practice squad.

September 1, 2019 8:06 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Five receptions Sunday

Zylstra had five receptions for 37 yards, including a four-yard touchdown, in Sunday's preseason win over Seattle.

Analysis: Zylstra is battling for one of the final spots on the roster as a reserve receiver and special teams player and had a strong game which drew praise from the coaching staff. Chad Beebe appears set to win the No. 3 receiver role, but Zylstra is in the mix with Jordan Taylor, Jeff Badget and Bisi Johnson. However, the secondary options in the Minnesota passing game haven't had much fantasy value with almost all the targets going to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

August 19, 2019 8:25 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Activated from PUP list

Zylstra (hamstring) was activated off the PUP list and returned to practice Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Zylstra suffered the left hamstring injury during the Vikings' minicamp, but it only ended up costing him a few days of training camp. The 26-year-old played in all 16 games last season and figures to work primarily on special teams if he cracks the 53-man roster this year.

July 29, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Starts camp on PUP

The Vikings placed Zylstra (hamstring) on the PUP list Friday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Morgan is dealing with a left hamstring injury sustained during Minnesota's minicamp, according to Andrew Krammer. The 26-year-old is competing for a depth receiving and special-teams role, and will look to get healthy as soon as possible.

July 26, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Injured in minicamp

Zylstra (undisclosed) appeared to tweak something during Tuesday's session and didn't practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Analysis: It's unclear what Zylstra actually tweaked Tuesday, but it's apparently serious enough to hold him out of practice. The 26-year-old only caught one pass for 23 yards last season in 16 games. A healthy Zylstra will battle for a spot in three-wideout sets in training camp with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs sitting atop the depth chart.

June 12, 2019 3:05 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Catches one pass in 2018

Zylstra caught one of two targets for 23 yards in 16 games this season.

Analysis: Zylstra also returned one kick for 15 yards and returned four punts for 26 yards as he saw more than one offensive snap in only three games in 2018. The former CFL wide receiver will look to gain an increased offensive role in 2019 as the Vikings received little production at wide receiver behind top targets Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

January 18, 2019 10:05 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Active Week 13

Zylstra (undisclosed) is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Zylstra was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots, but will ultimately suit up without issue. He's expected to take most of his snaps on special teams.

December 2, 2018 12:35 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Questionable for Week 13

Zylstra is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots with an undisclosed injury, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Zylstra has been handed the questionable tag but isn't actually listed with an injury. The 25-year-old has played eight offensive snaps this season so the Vikings offense is unlikely to impacted by the 25-year-old uncertainty for Sunday.

November 30, 2018 11:33 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: First career reception

Zylstra had one reception for 23 yards on his only target in Sunday's win at the Jets.

Analysis: It was his first career reception as he got some playing time amid a blowout win. He's spending almost all his time on special teams and isn't likely to get many more receptions unless a few receivers ahead of him on the depth chart are injured. Still, the former Canadian Football League star could be someone to watch in the future after some NFL experience.

October 22, 2018 11:32 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Makes 53-man roster

Zylstra has made Minnesota's 53-man roster, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Analysis: Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions to go along with five touchdowns last season as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. He'll likely see almost all of his action on special teams.

September 1, 2018 10:31 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Not targeted Friday

Zylstra played in Friday's preseason win over Seattle, but was not targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Zylstra missed the previous preseason game with a hamstring injury. His injury may have him behind in the competition for the final few reserve receiver roles with Stacy Coley and Chad Beebe having strong preseasons.

August 25, 2018 9:48 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Practices Tuesday

Zylstra (hamstring) was a participant at Tuesday's practice, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Analysis: Zylstra took second-team reps during the practice session. He has been hampered by a hamstring issue all camp, which has not helped him in his pursuit for a spot on the final roster. Health permitting, he will look to impress during in the Vikings' final two exhibition contests.

August 21, 2018 7:12 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Not expected to play Saturday

Zylstra (hamstring) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game, the team's official web site announced.

Analysis: Zylstra returned to practice this week, but the Vikings are going to hold him out of game action another week. Unfortunately that will give him just two games to try and win a roster spot.

August 18, 2018 8:55 AM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Dealing with hamstring injury

Zylstra, who has dealing with a hamstring injury, was seen practicing in pads Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune repots.

Analysis: While it's been revealed that Zylstra has been nursing a hamstring injury, it also looks like he's close to being back to full health. It's yet to be seen whether he will be healthy enough to play in Saturday's preseason game, but if Zylstra is able to practice again Friday, there's a good chance he makes his preseason debut.

August 16, 2018 1:59 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Not expected to play Saturday

Zylstra (undisclosed) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game at Denver.

Analysis: The former Canadian Football League player has had a strong camp and may have a lead on a final roster spot. However, he'll sit out this game with that is reportedly a minor injury.

August 11, 2018 4:55 PM EST

Brandon Zylstra: Questionable for Saturday's preseason game

Zylstra is recovering from an undisclosed injury suffered in practice Wednesday and might not play in Saturday's preseason game at Denver, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: The former Canadian Football League player has had a strong camp and looked to likely be featured early in the preseason as he competed for a reserve role. The report says the injury is thought to be minor, but the Vikings may still play it safe. The report also says he's likely to win a spot on the final roster.

August 11, 2018 7:56 AM EST

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