Carolina Panthers release former CFL all-star receiver Brandon Zylstra

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The Carolina Panthers have released former CFL receiver Brandon Zylstra, according to reporter Joe Person.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound target completed his third season with the Panthers in 2021 and set new career-highs with 18 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown over 13 games. He played 38 percent of the team’s snaps on offence along with 55 percent of the team’s snaps on special teams.

Zylstra has played four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Minnesota Vikings (2018) and Panthers (2019-21), recording 30 receptions for 414 yards and one touchdown. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown in 2020 while covering a punt against the Washington Football Team.

The native of Spicer, Minn. made a strong impression as a rookie with the Edmonton Football Team in 2016 despite dressing for only six games, making 34 receptions for 508 yards and three touchdowns. He improved on those numbers the following year as he led the entire league in receiving with 100 catches for 1,687 yards and five touchdowns.

Zylstra played collegiately at Concordia College in Minnesota and recorded 1,932 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in 29 games with the Cobbers while adding 25 carries for 394 yards and five touchdowns.

He attended North Dakota State University’s pro day in 2016 and recorded a 4.64 forty-yard dash, 34-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump and 16 reps on the bench press. He went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft and signed with Edmonton shortly thereafter.