Former CFL all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra showing out at Carolina Panthers training camp

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Former Canadian Football League all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra has been impressing at Carolina Panthers training camp.

Zylstra was claimed on waivers by the Panthers last September. He spent nearly the entire season on Carolina’s practice roster, earning his chance to be activated for the last game of the regular schedule — the 27-year-old recorded six catches for 96 yards.

General manager Marty Hurney fired longtime head coach Ron Rivera during the team’s 5-11 season a year ago. Young up and coming Matt Rhule was hired as the new bench boss in January and Zylstra has made his name known to the fresh staff by grabbing every ball that comes his way.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound Zylstra appears to be earning the trust of Panthers quarterbacks by attacking the football. He’s been using his 34-inch vertical jump and burst to haul in passes which are off target. Zylstra is currently third on the depth chart at his position, he does have the ability to line up in multiple spots and make plays.

The production is no surprise to CFL followers. Zylstra led the three-down league with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions adding five touchdowns in 2017 with Edmonton on the way to being named an all-star. That season earned attention from a number of NFL franchises and Carolina could reap the benefits.

Zylstra earned $570,000 USD last season with the Panthers and if he keeps making highlight reel grabs, the Concordia College product can net $750,000 in 2020.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.