Undrafted rookie catching on

Undrafted rookie catching on

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 02:17
Undrafted rookie wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher is way more than just a training camp feel-good story of an underdog who flashes talent for a couple days and then disappears into obscurity. The undersized, 5-foot-11, 180-pound Ohio State product has made his presence known on an almost daily basis, catching everything in his vicinity and managing to get open against bigger, faster, stronger defenders. And he’s caught the eye of coaches. “He's kind of the perfect guy to play in the slot,” coach Lovie Smith said after Sunday night’s practice. “He's not the biggest guy around, but he's got great quickness, runs great routes, and he has good hands. He's a confident player. He came here looking to earn a position on the team.” Sanzenbacher has earned occasional reps with the first team, and he hasn’t looked overmatched, even though he did not have the benefit of an off-season to learn the offense or develop a rapport with quarterbacks Jay Cutler or Caleb Hanie. But he always seems to be where he’s supposed to be and finds a way to get separation from defenders. “We give everybody an opportunity to show what they can do,” Smith said. “He's taken advantage of a lot of the reps he's gotten. As a rookie, you want to stand out and make some plays, and we've all noticed him just about every practice.”
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