The Minnesota Vikings have one of the best wide receiving tandems in the NFL, but some of the most noteworthy catches during offseason workouts are coming from a former Canadian Football League player.
Brandon Zylstra, signed to a reserve/futures contract in January, has made some highlight-reel catches during organized team activities and Minnesota's minicamp.
"That guy continues to impress," Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We're very fortunate he's on our football team."
Zylstra put up some staggering numbers in the CFL in 2017, his second season with the Edmonton Eskimos.
A Minnesota native who attended Concordia-Moorhead College in Moorhead, Minn., Zylstra led the CFL with 1,687 yards and 100 receptions to go along with five touchdowns last year.
"I'm always going to stay confident," Zylstra said. "I trust myself and I believe in myself that I'm going to get things done."
The Vikings have a top wideout tandem in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who had 91 and 64 receptions, respectively, while combining for 12 touchdown catches in 2017.
There has been a natural tendency to compare Zylstra to Thielen, also a Minnesota native and an undrafted free agent who played at Minnesota State-Mankato.
"Everybody's their own player. I don't necessarily like being compared to anybody else and I'm sure he doesn't like being compared to me," Thielen said. "He wants it. Obviously, he's got skills. ... He knows the game and can play. ... He's got obviously great hands."