WR Dane Sanzenbacher - Free Agent

5-10, 182Born: 10-13-1988College: Ohio StateDrafted: ---

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2014 Week 2 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher caught two deep slants from Andy Dalton in single coverage, which ended up being Dalton's only successful downfield throws. But there was mis-communication early and a lack of an ability to get open in the endzone on a number of occasions. This caused Dalton to throw it away in the redzone a couple times. Sanzenbacher showed good route-running and hands on his two receptions, and the playing time should benefit the Bengals when their weapons return. But Sanzenbacher is no threat to put up big numbers. He lacks deep speed and only has the ability to beat single coverage.

2014 Week 5 vs NE (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher only had one target and one catch, on a little screen pass. But even this one opportunity turned out disastrous for Cincy and Sanzenbacher fumbled the ball away on his only reception.

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher is another guy that was thrust into a lot of playing time, and like Tate, he performed ok. Sanzenbacher had a big 15 yard 3rd down conversion early in the game on a slant pass. The rest of the game, he had a screen and a few sideline routes and he did a solid job of helping to move the defense. What Sanzenbacher doesn't give you is any big play ability, or any unique skillset that is going to threaten a defense. At this point, the Bengals are using him to help convert on 3rd downs. It's worth noting that Sanzenbacher rarely sees much coverage from the defense, so while AJ is out, he is likely to get 4-5 catches in that possession wr role.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher ran around a lot, and never got open. He is not a legit NFL receiver,as he lacks the ability to do much of anything well. His opportunity to get first team snaps has not gone well, and AJ's return will put him back on the bench, if not the inactive list.

2013 Week 6 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher hasn't been used this season, but he made his presence felt late in the 3rd quarter with a beautiful catch. On 4th and 15, Marvin Lewis elected to go for it, due to the fact that it would have been a long field goal. Dalton threw a lob right down the center of the field, and Sanzenbacher made a beautiful one-handed catch for a huge 23 yard gain. Sanzenbacher certainly shouldn't be on your fantasy radar, as he barely sees the field, but the nice catch deserved a mention.

2012 Week 5 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

anzenbacher saw time in this game due to the injury to Earl Bennett. Cutler targeted him on a comeback just before half-time, but the ball was thrown too high and it skipped off of Sanzenbacher's hands. In the second half, he had another come-back route where the ball was throw much better and Sanzenbacher came up with the catch, diving forward for a gain of 7. It was his only action of the day.

2011 Week 2 vs NO (7 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)

He made the most out of his early targets but with little to draw any coverage away from the rookie, he struggled to get open for most of the game. His touchdown was wide open and New Orleans was not too worried about covering him but later on they had plenty of answers for him. He had another target in the vicinity of the end zone in the 3rd Q.

2011 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 5 / 27 / 1 rec)

Despite being the #5 WR on the Chicago depth chart, Sanzenbacher has been contributing well as a possession receiver for the Bears. He's a sneaker WR and Chicago lines him up in different spots on the field. On the 17 yard completion to Sam Hurd, Sanzenbacher was lined up in the backfield. On his TD reception, Sanzenbacher was lined up on the wing, almost like a TE, and he snuck behind the defensive line to find a hole for the TD. The rest of Sanzenbacher's receptions were usually short crossing routes or check downs for less than 10 yards. His longest reception of the day was a short 10-yard crossing route late in the third quarter that gave Chicago a 1st down. It was a clutch play because Chicago was facing third and seven on their own five yard line and this gave them some breathing room.

2011 Week 4 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Dane Sanzenbacher continues to be more and more involved in this offense. He, like the other Bears receivers, had reduced opportunity in this game but Sanzenbacher caught one pass at the sideline on a quick out pattern, turning it up the field and breaking a tackle to move the chains. Sanzenbacher had a poor drop later in the game, however. Although the pass was floated out to him, the receiver should have been able to make the adjustment.

2011 Week 5 vs DET (10 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

The rookie drew a flag on the first target that Cutler threw to him but it was called off because the ball was touched by a DL at the LOS. Later in the 2nd quarter he was running a drag route across the middle out of a 5 wide set where he was actually the middle receiver on the left sideline. Sanzenbacher lines up in the slot a lot in 3 WR formations and works the short part of the field. He has good hands and the Bears are very comfortable throwing him the ball. He only weighs about 180 but plays hard and reminds you a little bit of Danny Amendola for the Rams. This was his biggest total so far for receptions and yards but he is no threat to break one to the house, that simply is not his game. He is a short range possession type WR. He had a solid night on the road in a hostile environment.

2011 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)

Sanzenbacher didn't see much action with the return of Roy Williams, but he did make his one reception count. On a play action to Matt Forte, Sanzenbacher broke over the middle on a deep crossing route and Cutler hit him perfectly with a deep pass for a TD. It was his only catch of the day.

2011 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Sanzanbacher had a quiet day. He had a third hot read catch that he couldn't turn into a first down. He also had a nice catch on the sidelines early in the game, but otherwise Sanzenbacher was not involved in the pass offense. He is due to go back to the bench at least part-time with Earl Bennett ready to return after the bye.

2011 Week 9 vs PHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Targeted just once and dropped an easy catch with no defenders in the area.

2011 Week 10 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The only time Sanzenbacher's name was mentioned was during the color commentary. Between Earl Bennett and Sam Hurd, Sanzenbacher isn't seeing the field anymore.

2011 Week 13 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher was targeted only once in this game - on a short crossing route over the middle but the play was well defended and he isn't able to come up with it.

2011 Week 15 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher could be the biggest beneficiary of Johnny Knox's absence. He led the Bears in targets and made an impressive catch over the middle, hanging on to the ball as he was hit hard. Having Caleb Hanie under centre mitigates his value some, but Sanzenbacher could be worth a flyer for next year. Or as an absolute desperation play in Week 16.

2011 Week 16 vs GB (7 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher saw increased playing time with the injury to Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. He responded by making those tough 'possession receiver' type of catches over the middle and on sideline routes. He had a nice 13 yard catch and run on the opening drive that was called back for an illegal shift by Earl Bennett and he had another 16 yard catch and run in the second quarter on a deep crossing route. During Garbage time he racked up his final three official catches, but he was targeted six times in the final four minutes.

2011 Week 17 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Sanzenbacher's 22 yard gain came against soft coverage. He did a good job to find the soft spot in the coverage and then got up field for a couple of yards after catch.