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Brandon Zylstra

Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #0
Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #0

Brandon Zylstra News

Re-ups with Panthers

Carolina re-signed Zylstra to a one-year deal Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zylstra has been a key contributor on special teams over three seasons with the Panthers, earning him a spot with the team in 2021 as well. Of course, with just three catches for 35 yards across 16 games in 2020, he remains off the fantasy radar.

Feb 22, 2021 9:50 AM EST

Completes full season

Zylstra finished the 2020 season with three catches on four targets for 35 yards and one carry for one yard in 16 games played.

Analysis: Zylstra played sparingly on offense, but actually scored his first career touchdown with a fumble recovery on special teams in Week 16's win over Washington. As a restricted free agent this offseason, it'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers bring Zylstra back to fill a similar role next season.

Jan 11, 2021 5:13 PM EST

Scores on special teams

Zylstra was not targeted but did recover a muffed punt for a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington.

Analysis: Zylstra flew down the field and fell on a dropped punt that trickled into the end zone, opening the scoring for the Panthers. The veteran has caught just three passes this season, but Sunday's recovery at least gave him his first career touchdown.

Dec 28, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Good to go Sunday

Zylstra (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Zylstra entered the weekend questionable despite logging back-to-back full practices to close out the week. The 27-year-old has played sparingly on offense this season, totaling 70 snaps and two receptions for 32 yards.

Nov 29, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Makes long catch

Zylstra caught his only target for 28 yards in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Zylstra connected with punter Joseph Charlton on a successful fake punt to begin the second quarter, but considering it marked just the second reception of the season for Zylstra, the depth wideout's fantasy value remains almost non-existent.

Nov 9, 2020 6:10 AM EST

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.

Dec 29, 2019 2:04 PM EST

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.

Dec 26, 2019 1:24 PM EST

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.

Dec 9, 2019 7:30 AM EST

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.

Sep 1, 2019 9:44 AM EST

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.

Sep 1, 2019 8:06 AM EST

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.

Aug 19, 2019 8:25 AM EST

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.

Jul 29, 2019 3:25 PM EST

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.

Jul 26, 2019 10:02 AM EST

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.

Jun 12, 2019 3:05 PM EST

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.

Jan 18, 2019 10:05 AM EST

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.

Dec 2, 2018 12:35 PM EST

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.

Nov 30, 2018 11:33 AM EST

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.

Oct 22, 2018 11:32 AM EST

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.

Sep 1, 2018 10:31 PM EST

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.

Aug 25, 2018 9:48 AM EST

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