Carolina re-signed Zylstra to a one-year deal Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Zylstra has been a key contributor on special teams over three seasons with the Panthers, earning him a spot with the team in 2021 as well. With just three catches for 35 yards across 16 games in 2020, he remains off the fantasy radar.
Zylstra finished the 2020 season with three catches on four targets for 35 yards and one carry for one yard in 16 games played. Zylstra played sparingly on offense, but he actually scored his first career touchdown with a fumble recovery on special teams in Week 16's win over Washington. As a restricted free agent this offseason, it'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers bring Zylstra back to fill a similar role next season.
Zylstra was not targeted but did recover a muffed punt for a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 win over Washington. Zylstra flew down the field and fell on a dropped punt that trickled into the end zone, opening the scoring for the Panthers. The veteran has caught just three passes this season, but Sunday's recovery at least gave him his first career touchdown.
Zylstra (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Zylstra entered the weekend questionable despite logging back-to-back full practices to close out the week. The 27-year-old has played sparingly on offense this season, totaling 70 snaps and two receptions for 32 yards.
Zylstra caught his only target for 28 yards in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Chiefs. Zylstra connected with punter Joseph Charlton on a successful fake punt to begin the second quarter, but considering it marked just the second reception of the season for Zylstra, the depth wideout's fantasy value remains almost non-existent.
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