He was cleared for practice after a week, but said it’s been a slow climb to get back to where he was in the spring.
“Every practice, I feel a little bit better,” Zylstra said. “I’m not just saying that, and I’m not just being cliché or anything. I feel like every practice, I feel like I am improving.”
Zylstra stood out Sunday night, as he caught every pass that came his way.
“It kind of shows that you’re doing the right thing and the football is starting to come your way,” Zylstra said.
His first catch went for 10 yards on third-and-9 to move the chains, and his second reception was a 4-yard gain on third-and-2 that also gave the Vikings a fresh set of downs. His third catch also went for 4 yards. The first three receptions were from quarterback Sean Mannion.
Zylstra then caught a pair of passes from Sloter during one drive, the first of which was a 15-yard gain on first-and-10 from the Seattle 40-yard line.
Zylstra then hauled in his first touchdown since the preseason in 2018 when he darted to the middle of the end zone before breaking out toward the sideline as Sloter scrambled to his left.
“At the beginning of the game, I felt like my legs are finally starting to get under me a little bit, which allows me to play and stop thinking so much,” Zylstra said. “I was just ready to get in there, regardless if it was special teams or on offense.”