CFL’s leading receiver works out for New York Jets

Receiver Brandon Zylstra worked out for the New York Jets on Tuesday.

He led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions adding five touchdowns in 2017 and was named a 2017 all-star. The 24-year-old broke onto the scene with 508 yards in six games last year.

Zylstra played collegiately at Concordia College in Minnesota totalling 1,932 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in 29 games adding 25 rushes for 394 yards and five touchdowns along with 39 kick returns for 885 yards with the Cobbers.

When he entered the NFL draft in 2016, Zylstra attended the North Dakota State pro day recording a 4.64 4o-yard dash, 34-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and pressed 225 pounds 16 times on the bench. He went undrafted in the NFL and signed with the Eskimos on May 30, 2016.

There are many NFL teams who want to work Zylstra out, so expect more to come.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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16 Comments on CFL’s leading receiver works out for New York Jets

  1. He is as good as gone! Big loss for the Esks

  2. Walker could be gone as well. Good thing the Esks have depth at receiver.

  3. His numbers aren’t that exceptional (probably one of the reasons he didn’t get drafted in the NFL in the first place) but he does have the ability to get open and make some big plays. I wish him the best.

    • His numbers in both college and the CFL are exceptionally good. Who else had almost 1700 yards this season in any league?

    • greenenvy? // December 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm //

      Zylstra’s combine results @ Arizona prior to being signed by Eskimos – 4.64 40 & 36″ vertical. He’s 6’3″ 220. They loved his size, body control & ball skills but needed to work on his routes. He learned from the best in the CFL & Reilly says route running is one of his strengths now. He benched 225 16 times. Compare this to the CFL’s “best” receiver, Duron Carter who everyone raves about his athleticism. His combine results 4.61 40, 33″ vertical. Comments from combine – needs to bulk up to 220 so doesn’t get knocked off the ball. In physics, it’s not height (length) that displaces mass but weight. He’s fast enough but Carter @ 6’5″ doesn’t have that big an advantage competing for balls. You don’t see him get up there like a Duke Williams for example. Of the 2 of them, both of whom are going to try their luck down south, Zylstra is the guy who’s built for the NFL. He’s a physical specimen. Carter doesn’t outweigh a lot of the DB’s, even in the CFL where they mostly average 5’10’, 190 to around 6’1″, 210.

      • Actually it was a bit warmer and he ran 4.58 4.62 didn’t Vert in Arizona. 10’10 broad jump! Facts!

  4. BigRedMachine // December 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm //

    Of all the FA receivers, I think Zylstra’s game best fits the NFL. Needs to be strong and quick enough to break through jams at the line of scrimmage from a standing starting start as opposed to the CFL where receivers can cheat with the waggle.

  5. He has the consistantsy every game. To be a great pro you need to be consistant. Zylstra has that. On top of that he seems like an all around good guy. Hope he makes it down there.

  6. Zylstra reminds me of Eric Decker now with the Titans. Not a speed demon but finds a way to get open and make the catch. Most likely will sign with a NFL team but like Dressler of the Bombers and many others if not the right match would find his way back to the CFL.

  7. Zylstra and Walker will both take shots down south and should go to camp somewhere, but the question is will it be the right fit? Practice roster maybe, but hard to even get on teams in the NFL with a fresh crop of drafted and undrafted rookies each year.

    The question is will Tevaun Smith surface with the CFL Eskies this year?

    Duke Williams – Tevaun Smith (sign) – Adarius Bowman – Nate Behar – Bryant Mitchell (re-sign) + Natey Adjei then add the Esk will add 1 International like an Aaron Dobson or Keyarris Garrett along with 1 nation FA or draftee like a Brayden Lenius from Washinton.

    Name: Aaron Dobson
    College: Marshall Number: 3
    Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
    Position: WR Pos2:
    Class/Draft Year: Sr/2013
    40 Time: 4.37

    Name: Keyarris Garrett
    College: Tulsa Number: 1
    Height: 6-3 Weight: 220
    Position: WR Pos2:
    Class/Draft Year: rSr/2016
    40 Time: 4.40

    Name: Brayden Lenius
    College: Washington Number: 81
    Height: 6-4 Weight: 231
    Position: WR Pos2:
    Class/Draft Year: Sr/2018

    Then wait for Zylstra and/or Walker to come back after Labour Day. If Walker doesn’t hit a home run on this shot, he stays in Edmonton and become the leader as Bowman fades over the next two or three years.

    • Lancaster/Reed // December 7, 2017 at 12:20 am //

      I understood bowmans salary was pretty hefty ( $260,000 ). Given his age, 2017 stats ( and the number of drops ) is he still worth the money he is being paid? Even if walker and zylstra dont come back to edmonton?

      • greenonions // December 7, 2017 at 12:56 am //

        Williams & Mitchell are both good young receivers who projected to 1000 yards based on games played. Couldn’t get into the lineup after everyone got healthy. Bowman was rumoured available before the trade deadline last year & strongly linked to Mtl in a trade. If Walker &/or Zylstra are back in the CFL by Labour Day, I agree Walker gets signed long term & Bowman gets traded. Hazelton is a key signing as well.

  8. A Hazelton signing could be huge if the other two payers are gone for any period of time

  9. Hmmm the Jets probably are a good landing spot for him, foreseeable that he has a fairly long career there as the JEts QBing is average at best and he might excel as a posession type guy. Wont be there long though once Jets get a QB that can use all the NFL field consistently and Jets need a legit super star receiver to compliment the QB.

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