Guest of the League
Arm chair football Est. 2023
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
Shane Zylstra


College: Minnesota State | 2 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 240 lbs
Birth Date: 1996-11-16
2024 Bye Week: 5

Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 220 TE

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Zylstra missed all of last season because of a knee injury suffered in training camp. He re-signed with the Lions after the season and will look to earn a reserve role for this season. Zylstra has 14 receptions in his three-year career but has found the end zone four times. He is more of a pass-catching tight end that can stretch the field and do well in the red zone.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Zylstra is a touchdown dependent tight end that seems a long shot to repeat his touchdown totals from two years back. He might get 10 catches for 100 yards with a score.

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Player Notes
May 27 2:40pm ET

Detroit Lions tight end Shane Zylstra (knee), who was out with a knee injury last year, was back at practice at organized team activities last week and looked great. Zylstra picked up right where he left off and was catching everything thrown his way. He showed good chemistry with quarterback Hendon Hooker and the second-team offense. The 27-year-old tight end spent all of the 2023 campaign on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury that he suffered in training camp last summer. Now that he's back and looking good, Zylstra will give the team extra depth at the tight end position behind Sam LaPorta, Brock Wright and James Mitchell. The former undrafted free agent isn't anywhere close to the fantasy radar and has only 14 receptions for 94 yards and four touchdowns since entering the league in 2021.

From RotoBaller

Mar 4 9:00pm ET

The Detroit Lions re-signed tight end Shane Zylstra to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday. Zylstra will return to Detroit despite missing all of last season while on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury that he suffered in training camp last summer. The 27-year-old should be ready for training camp this summer, though, and he'll be battling for a roster spot after recording 14 receptions on 22 targets for 94 yards and four touchdowns (all in 2022) in his first two years in the league in 2021-22. Among those that Zylstra will be competing with for a depth role this summer will be Brock Wright and James Mitchell. Sam LaPorta, who had an amazing first year in the NFL in 2023, is the Lions' unquestioned top pass-catching tight end.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 02-Aug-2023: Shane Zylstra - IR - The Detroit Lions placed TE Shane Zylstra on the IR after being waived due to injury.
  • 01-Aug-2023: Shane Zylstra - WAI - The Detroit Lions waived TE Shane Zylstra with an injury designation.
  • 17-Apr-2023: Shane Zylstra - RSGN - The Detroit Lions re-signed TE Shane Zylstra.
  • 12-Nov-2022: Shane Zylstra - SGN - The Detroit Lions signed TE Shane Zylstra to the active roster.
  • 07-Nov-2022: Shane Zylstra - PRA - The Detroit Lions assigned TE Shane Zylstra to the practice squad.
  • 05-Nov-2022: Shane Zylstra - ACT - The Detroit Lions elevated TE Shane Zylstra from the practice squad.
  • 04-Oct-2022: DET Shane Zylstra - Added to Practice Squad
  • 01-Oct-2022: DET Shane Zylstra - Cut
  • 10-Jan-2022: DET Shane Zylstra - Signed
  • 27-Dec-2021: DET Shane Zylstra - Dropped from Practice Squad
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