American receiver Brandon Zylstra is working to maintain his roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings.
Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions adding five touchdowns in 2017 with the Edmonton Eskimos on the way to being named a CFL all-star. That season earned attention from a number of NFL franchises and led to the 26-year-old signing with Minnesota in January of 2018.
Last year Zylstra spent the entire NFL season with the Vikings playing in 16 games primarily in a special teams role. He returned four punts for 26 yards, one kick-off for 15 yards and caught one pass for 23 yards.
During his second NFL training camp, Zylstra continues to compete for his 53-man position. Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks he made five receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown.
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It was a crucial bounce back effort for Zylstra who had started training camp on the physically unable to perform list due to a hamstring injury. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer felt Zylstra’s explosiveness was coming back.
“Brandon, coming off an injury, has made up a lot of ground. When you come back from an injury it takes a lot of time,” Minnesota’s new offensive advisor Gary Kubiak said.
“But what I’ve seen in the last few days is him start to look like himself again. This will be a big two weeks for him. He’s going to get a great opportunity with us and obviously he can help us.”