Brandon Zylstra

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #0
Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #0

Brandon Zylstra News

Released by Panthers

Zylstra was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zylstra re-signed with the Panthers in March, but he will hit the open market after failing to make the team's final roster. The wide receiver played 13 games with the Panthers in 2021, catching 18 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. The 29-year-old will likely sign with another squad in need of wide receiver depth.

Aug 30, 2022 10:47 AM EST

Back with Panthers

Zylstra re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year contract Wednesday, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Zylstra briefly hit the open market but will return to Carolina for the fourth consecutive season. The 28-year-old set career highs across the board in 2021 with 18 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in 13 games.

Mar 16, 2022 10:30 PM EST

No yards Sunday

Zylstra didn't catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers. He also attempted an incomplete pass.

Analysis: Zylstra played just three snaps after returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list last week, but with Terrace Marshall (foot) sidelined Sunday, Zylstra reclaimed Carolina's third-wideout role, featuring for nearly 70 percent of the offensive plays. Despite his increased involvement, however, Zylstra didn't manage any yards on the day. As a result, he ends this season with 18 catches on 25 targets for 250 yards and a touchdown in 14 appearances. Even though they came within one of the league's worst passing attacks, those totals mark career bests for the 28-year-old. As an unrestricted free agent this offseason, it'll be interesting to see how much interest Zylstra now garners as a depth wideout and special teamer.

Jan 10, 2022 5:34 PM EST

Tiny offensive role

Zylstra played just three offensive snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Zylstra returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, but his time out prevented him from seeing the field much offensively. In contrast, rookie wideout Terrace Marshall played 44 snaps, catching two passes for 16 yards. Although Carolina's underwhelming offense restricts the upside of its third receiver, it'll be interesting to see whether Marshall or Zylstra gets more run in Week 18 versus the Buccaneers.

Jan 3, 2022 2:08 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

Carolina activated Zylstra (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Zylstra looks like he'll be available to play Sunday in New Orleans after he was deactivated ahead of last week's eventual loss to Tampa Bay upon testing positive for the virus hours before kickoff. Assuming Zylstra is good to go from a conditioning standpoint, he could step back in as the Panthers' No. 3 receiver, a role he held prior to going on the COVID-19 list. The job wasn't especially fruitful for fantasy purposes, with Zylstra recording no more than four receptions in any of his past three appearances despite of playing more than half of the Panthers' snaps on offense each time out.

Dec 31, 2021 2:35 PM EST

Tests positive for virus

Zylstra's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday was the result of a positive test of the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 28-year-old receiver was added to the list less than two hours prior to the Panthers' 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers. Assuming he's vaccinated, Zylstra will have a chance to be available for the Panthers' Week 17 game against the Saints if he can clear the necessary COVID-19 return-to-play protocols, but the wideout will almost certainly miss practice time leading up to the contest. Terrace Marshall served as Carolina's No. 3 receiver Week 16 while Zylstra was out, finishing with one catch for six yards across his 39 offensive snaps.

Dec 27, 2021 10:25 AM EST

Added to COVID list

Zylstra has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Until Zylstra clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Terrace Marshall is a candidate for increased snaps. To add depth at the wideout position in advance of Week 16 action, Carolina elevated wide receiver C.J. Saunders from the team's practice squad.

Dec 26, 2021 7:18 AM EST

Makes two grabs

Zylstra caught two of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Zylstra once again served as Carolina's third receiver, playing over 70 percent of the offensive snaps. However, with kicker Zane Gonzalez (quadriceps) getting injured pre-game, Zylstra was also trusted with kickoff duties. Although he didn't net many fantasy points overall, Zylstra helped his worth on the Panthers with his flexibility Sunday.

Dec 20, 2021 8:54 AM EST

Makes four grabs

Zylstra caught four of five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Zylstra played over half of Carolina's offensive snaps, remaining more involved than teammate Terrace Marshall despite the rookie's return Sunday. Furthermore, while Marshall wasn't even targeted, Zylstra trailed only top wideouts DJ Moore and Robby Anderson in receptions and targets. At this stage, the veteran Zylstra has seemingly claimed the Panthers' third receiver job, helping his value even if his upside remains very modest.

Dec 13, 2021 7:05 AM EST

Has long gain

Zylstra caught one of two targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Zylstra placed second on Carolina in receiving yards, evidencing the team's struggles through the air Sunday. Interestingly, though, the veteran played over half of the offensive snaps while rookie Terrace Marshall was a healthy scratch. That situation is something to monitor once the Panthers return from their bye week, as Zylstra's stock could improve slightly should he remain the preferred depth option.

Nov 29, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Makes a catch

Zylstra caught one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Zylstra's reception gave him a catch in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Although he's hauled in 11 of his 12 targets thus far, Zylstra's 164 yards and one score through eight appearances evidences his limited fantasy value.

Nov 22, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Makes two grabs

Zylstra caught both his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Zylstra hadn't played in three weeks due to a hamstring injury, but he took advantage of both his pass-catching opportunities Sunday. As a depth wideout in an underwhelming passing game, however, Zylstra holds little weekly fantasy value.

Nov 15, 2021 6:11 AM EST

Back on active roster

Zylstra (hamstring) was removed from IR and placed onto the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Will Bryan of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Zylstra ended up spending the minimum three weeks on IR after hurting his hamstring in Week 6. While his contributions on offense have been modest -- eight catches for 139 yards -- Zylstra is a key special teams player for the Panthers.

Nov 13, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Designated to return from IR

Zylstra (hamstring) returned to practice for the first time since landing on the Panthers' injured reserve.

Analysis: Zylstra landed on the Panthers' injured reserve midway through October and finally seems healthy enough to return to practice. The Panthers have three weeks to activate their receiver to the active roster before he's stuck on the injured reserve for the remainder of the year. Expect Zylstra's return to have a minimal impact on the Panthers' offense.

Nov 10, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Lands on injured reserve

The Panthers placed Zylstra on injured reserve Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.

Analysis: While Zylstra hasn't been a huge part of the offense this season, he does have a trio of multi-catch contests under his belt. The Panthers will be down some wide receiver depth as a result, with the Panthers using the roster spot to sign punter Ryan Winslow to the active roster.

Oct 19, 2021 12:51 PM EST

Makes three grabs

Zylstra caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss against the Vikings.

Analysis: Zylstra trailed only DJ Moore for Carolina's team lead in receptions, and he's now hauled in all eight passes thrown his way this season. Although he usually holds minimal fantasy upside, Zylstra could see more playing time if rookie Terrace Marshall is unable to clear concussion protocol ahead of Week 7's matchup with the Giants.

Oct 18, 2021 7:03 AM EST

Returns to action

Zylstra (hamstring) has returned to Sunday's game against the Vikings, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

Analysis: Zylstra left the game in the first half, but the injury wasn't as serious as originally expected and he's managed to return to action.

Oct 17, 2021 12:22 PM EST

Sidelined with hamstring issue

Zylstra is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Vikings due to a hamstring injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zylstra has served as a depth receiver for the Panthers throughout the season but failed to record a reception Sunday prior to suffering the injury. Shi Smith and Alex Erickson could see an increased role if Zylstra remains sidelined.

Oct 17, 2021 11:08 AM EST

Career-long grab

Zylstra caught both his targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 36-28 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Zylstra's output was supported by a career-long catch of 55 yards. That contribution saw only DJ Moore out-gain him through the air, and although Zylstra has been sprinkled in occasionally so far, his low overall involvement restricts his weekly value.

Oct 4, 2021 7:09 AM EST

Scores rare touchdown

Zylstra caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Zylstra made the most of his 14 offensive snaps, hauling in the first receiving touchdown of his four-year career with a 20-yarder in the first quarter. As Carolina's fourth wideout, Zylstra can't be expected to match Sunday's production often, but his Week 2 impact should help him stay sprinkled in with occasional snaps.

Sep 20, 2021 5:59 AM EST

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