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53 Men: WR Brandon Zylstra Player Profile

Taking a look at what kind of season Panthers wide receiver Brandon Zylstra could have in 2020

WR Brandon Zylstra

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 215 lbs

College: Concordia-Moorhead

NFL stats: 9 receptions, 129 yards, 0 TD

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Depth Chart Projection: Depth player

Carolina has three key receivers in DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson but offensive coordinator Joe Brady is going to want to use as many receivers as possible. So although Zylstra won't be heavily used in the Panthers' offense, expect him to see the field quite a bit.


Zylstra is still developing at age 27, but that doesn't mean he still can't turn into a productive receiver at some point in the near future. He has to improve his catch percentage first and foremost. Often times he begins to take his eyes off the ball before securing the catch. Zylstra also has pretty good size but doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well, which makes it difficult for the coaching staff to find which spot to play him at. He will haul in a few catches in 2020, but he's not going to be a major part of the Panthers' offense.

53-Man Roster Status: Borderline Lock

With Omar Bayless going down with a knee injury, it opens up a spot in the wide receiver room on the 53-man roster. Had Bayless stayed healthy throughout camp, I believe he would have taken the final wide receiver spot. With Bayless out, I like Zylstra's chances. He has been someone that has done well during training camp and Matt Rhule has mentioned his name several times over the past couple of weeks.

Previous "53 Men" projections

1. QB Teddy Bridgewater

2. QB Will Grier

3. RB Christian McCaffrey

4. RB Mike Davis

5. RB Reggie Bonnafon

6. WR D.J. Moore

7. WR Curtis Samuel

8. WR Robby Anderson

9. WR Seth Roberts

No. 10 WR Keith Kirkwood

No. 11 WR Pharoh Cooper

No. 12 TE Ian Thomas

No. 13 TE Chris Manhertz

No. 14 TE Temarrick Hemingway

No. 15 FB Alex Armah

No. 16 OT Russell Okung

No. 17 OT Greg Little

No. 18 OG Michael Schofield III

No. 19 C Matt Paradis

No. 20 C Tyler Larsen

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No. 21 OG/OT Dennis Daley

No. 22 OG John Miller

No. 23 OT Taylor Moton

No. 24 DE Stephen Weatherly

No. 25 DE Yetur Gross-Matos

No. 26 DE Efe Obada

No. 27 DL Zach Kerr

No. 28 DT Kawann Short

No. 29 DT Derrick Brown

No. 30 DT Bravvion Roy

No. 31 DL Myles Adams

No. 32 EDGE Brian Burns

No. 33 EDGE Marquis Haynes

No. 34 LB Shaq Thompson

No. 35 LB Tahir Whitehead

No. 36 LB Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 37 LB Andre Smith

No. 38 LB Adarius Taylor

No. 39 CB Eli Apple

No. 40 CB Donte Jackson

No. 41 CB Troy Pride Jr.

No. 42 CB T.J. Green

No. 43 CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver

No. 44 S Tre Boston

No. 45 S Juston Burris

No. 46 S Kenny Robinson

No. 47 S Jeremy Chinn

No. 48 K Joey Slye

No. 49 P Joe Charlton

No. 50 QB P.J. Walker

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