Former CFL all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra makes Carolina Panthers 53-man roster

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Former CFL all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra has made the Carolina Panthers 53-man roster again.

He’s entering his third season with the Panthers after playing in 24 games over the past two years. The 28-year-old has suited up in 40 career NFL games, recording 12 receptions for 164 yards, one rush for one yard, three kick-off returns for 47 yards and five punt returns for 26 yards.

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

He attended the North Dakota State University pro day in 2016, recording a 4.64 forty-yard dash, 34-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and pressed 225 pounds 16 times on the bench. Although, Zylstra went unselected in the NFL Draft and signed with Edmonton on May 30, 2016.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound pass catcher led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards on 100 receptions while grabbing five touchdowns in 2017 and was named a CFL all-star that season. In 2016, Zylstra burst onto the CFL scene with 34 receptions for 508 yards and three majors in six games. During 22 games in Canada, Zylstra made 134 catches for 2,195 yards and eight touchdowns.