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NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
3-0-0 10-2-0
2-1-0 5-7-0
2-2-0 5-8-0
0-4-0 3-10-0

2022 Receiving

STATS REC
Receptions
YDS
Receiving Yards
AVG
Average Yards per Reception
TD
Receiving Touchdowns
LNG
Longest Reception
Regular Season 2 5 2.5 1 4

Top Shane Zylstra News

  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Gets promotion to 53-man roster

    Detroit signed Zylstra from its practice squad to the active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game at Chicago.

    After he caught a touchdown in Week 9, Zylstra was added to the 53-man roster for good ahead of Week 10. When the Lions traded away T.J. Hockenson, Zylstra became arguably the team's best remaining receiving threat at tight end.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Sent back to practice squad

    Detroit reverted Zylstra to its practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    Zylstra was summoned to the active roster ahead of the Week 9 win over the Packers and played five special-teams snaps as well as 16 of a possible 62 offensive snaps. That put him well behind Brock Wright's 50 snaps but ahead of James Mitchell's 13. Zylstra made the most of his one target Sunday, hauling in a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter. With T.J. Hockenson now with Minnesota, it wouldn't be surprising to see Zylstra be elevated again for Week 10.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Back on active roster

    Zylstra was elevated from Detroit's practice squad to the active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins.

    Zylstra will be on the Lions' active roster for the first time since Week 3. He has served primarily on special teams in three contests this season, though he may see a slight uptick in offensive role in the absence of T.J. Hockenson.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Inks practice-squad deal

    The Lions signed Zylstra to the practice squad Tuesday.

    Zylstra appeared in each of the first three games of the season but didn't record a single offensive statistic. He was waived by Detroit ahead of the team's Week 4 loss to the Seahawks, but he's been brought back on a practice-squad deal. The 6-foot-4 tight end will be a likely candidate to be elevated on a weekly basis, but he'd presumably be relegated to primarily special-team duties.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Waived by Lions

    Zylstra was waived by Detroit on Saturday.

    Zylstra was active for each of Detroit's first three games but didn't log an offensive statistic. He was on the field for a significant number of snaps on special teams, which could help him find another opportunity around the league.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Moving around well at minicamp

    Zylstra (knee) has been a full participant in the offseason training program and was a "go-to tight end" for all three Lions quarterbacks during this week's minicamp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Zylstra is back in action after fracturing his kneecap Week 16 of last season. With T.J. Hockenson getting limited reps and rookie James Mitchell (knee) sidelined due to injury, it sounds like Zylstra made significantly more noise during padless minicamp than the likes of Brock Wright or Garrett Griffin. While there will be no pushing Hockenson for snaps or opportunities anytime soon, Zylstra could be making a case for the No. 2 or 3 spot on the depth chart.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Inks futures deal

    Zylstra (knee) was signed to a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Monday.

    Zylstra joined the Lions' practice squad in 2021 after a year with the Vikings. He appeared in four games this season, making three catches on seven targets for 34 yards. However, his season ended early when he fractured his kneecap in Week 16 against the Falcons.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Fractures kneecap

    Zylstra suffered a fractured kneecap in the Lions' loss to the Falcons on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Zylstra had seen his role grow with the Lions since T.J. Hockenson went on IR with a thumb injury. However, the knee injury almost certainly puts a crimp in those plans. Although not officially ruled out for Week 17 against the Seahawks, it's unlikely Zylstra will be able to play.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Out for season

    Zylstra (kneecap) was placed on Detroit's practice squad injured list Monday and will miss the rest of the season.

    Zylstra suffered a fractured kneecap during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, so it's hardly a surprise he'll miss the final two games of the campaign. Coach Dan Campbell said the 25-year-old will be re-evaluated once the regular season is over in a couple weeks to determine whether surgery is necessary. Zylstra totaled three receptions for 34 yards in four games this season.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Won't return Sunday

    Zylstra (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Falcons.

    Zylstra was added to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement. However, he failed to a catch a pass for a third consecutive week after leaving the contest early with a knee injury. His absence leaves the Lions with Brock Wright as their only available tight end.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Promoted from practice squad

    Zylstra was bumped up from the practice squad Saturday as a COVID-19 replacement.

    Zylstra has seen significant work the last two weeks since T.J. Hockenson (thumb) went on IR. Playing a total of 67 snaps on offense across both games, Zylstra has recorded three catches on seven targets for 34 yards in those two contests. Zylstra will look to make an impact, and maybe catch his first career touchdown, Sunday against the Falcons.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: One catch against Cardinals

    Zylstra secured his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona.

    After leading Lions tight ends in snaps last week against Denver, Zysltra (45 percent) trailed Brock Wright (75) in this one. For how much success Detroit had in producing what might be the upset of the year, it was disappointing for Zylstra that tight ends weren't a big part of the process, at least in terms of receiving production. As such, Lions tight ends seem safe to avoid down the stretch in the vast majority of fantasy formats.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Moves up from practice squad

    Zylstra was activated from Detroit's practice squad Friday, while fellow Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (thumb) was placed on IR after season-ending surgery.

    With Hockenson out for last week's 38-10 loss to Denver, the Lions called on Zylstra to handle 63 percent snap share and six targets in his first taste of non-special-teams action in the NFL. He caught just two of the six passes for 18 yards, with fellow tight end Brock Wright adding three catches for 20 yards on five targets (and 56 percent snap share). It's possible one separates from the other in the coming weeks, but the most likely scenario for this Sunday against the Cardinals is another timeshare.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Six targets against Denver

    Zylstra caught two of six targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 38-10 loss to Denver.

    Despite being promoted from the practice squad a day before, Zylstra led Lions tight ends in snaps and targets with T.J. Hockenson (hand) sidelined. However, that didn't result in any meaningful fantasy production. Zylstra will remain off the fantasy radar when Detroit hosts Arizona in Week 15.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Promoted to active roster

    The Lions elevated Zylstra from the practice squad to their active roster Saturday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

    With No. 1 tight end T.J. Hockenson (head) unlikely to play in Week 14, Zylstra will join the Lions' active roster for the second time this season. The first time he was elevated, Hockenson was dealing with a knee injury but ultimately was able to suit up, so Zylstra played exclusively on special teams. If Hockenson is indeed ruled out, the Minnesota State product will operate as the primary backup to Brock Wright against the Broncos, but he likely won't garner enough snaps to make him fantasy relevant.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Shifts back to practice squad

    Zylstra reverted back to the Lions' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    Zylstra was promoted to the active roster with T.J. Hockenson (knee) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Vikings. However, Hockenson ended up playing in the game, so Zylstra didn't see any offensive snaps.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: No offensive snaps

    Zylstra did not log any snaps on offense during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Minnesota.

    Zylstra was promoted to the active roster with T.J. Hockenson (knee) listed as questionable to play, but he ended up only seeing the field on special teams.

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  • Lions' Shane Zylstra: Elevated from practice squad

    Zylstra was elevated from the Lions' practice squad Saturday.

    Zylstra will join the active roster for the first time this season since T.J. Hockenson (knee) is questionable. He should serve as a backup even if Hockenson is held out, and he'll have the opportunity to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Vikings.

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  • Shane Zylstra: Dropped by Vikings

    Zylstra was waived by the Vikings on Tuesday.

    Zylstra joined Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in May. After spending OTAs and training camp with the team, he was ultimately unable to make enough of an impression to earn a depth tight end role. The Minnesota State product could potentially land on the team's practice squad if he ends up going unclaimed on waivers.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 239 lbs
Birthplace: Spicer, MN
Age: 26
School: Minnesota State
Experience: 1