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Dane Sanzenbacher | Wide Receiver

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 184
College: Ohio State
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Bengals re-signed restricted free agent WR Dane Sanzenbacher to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.
Sanzenbacher was tendered at the lowest level, but the sides worked out a deal worth just under the $1.431 million "original pick" tag. The former UDFA out of Ohio State caught six passes for 61 yards in ten games last season. He has just seven grabs the past two seasons after reeling in 27 passes as a rookie for the Bears in 2011. Sanzenbacher will compete for a roster spot. Apr 8 - 3:02 PM

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals coaches view WR Dane Sanzenbacher as a "clone" to pre-injury Jordan Shipley in the slot.

Shipley, who is now with the Jaguars, posted a 52/600/3 line for the Bengals as a rookie in 2010 before tearing up his knee early in 2011. Andrew Hawkins is locked into the slot for 2013, but perhaps the Bengals view Sanzenbacher as a potential replacement if they decide not to tender Hawkins a contract next offseason. Hawkins is a vastly superior player.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Bengals declared WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CBs Terence Newman and Jason Allen, S George Iloka, DTs Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, and TE Richard Quinn inactive for Week 17 against the Ravens.

Sanzenbacher was just claimed off waivers on Christmas Eve and doesn't know the offense. Newman is dealing with a groin injury while Allen has a hamstring issue. The rest are healthy scratches.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Bengals claimed WR Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from the Bears.

After catching 27 passes for 276 yards and three scores in his 2011 rookie season, Sanzenbacher appeared in just four games, catching one pass for seven yards in Chicago this season. He just didn't fit into offensive coordinator Mike Tice's offense. Sanzenbacher will add depth in the slot behind Andrew Hawkins in Cincinnati.
Tue, Dec 25, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Bears waived WR Dane Sanzenbacher.

Sanzenbacher would've had a better chance this year if the Bears had retained Mike Martz, whose offense heavily utilized a slot receiver. Instead, the Bears went with Mike Tice and Sanzenbacher managed to appear in just four games, securing one pass for seven yards. He had 27 grabs as a rookie in 2011.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 03:25:00 PM

Dane Sanzenbacher is operating as Earl Bennett's direct backup in Bears camp.

With 25-year-old Devin Thomas surprisingly retiring, Sanzenbacher's chances of making the team improve dramatically. In Bennett's five missed games last year, Sanzenbacher averaged 3.0 catches for 26.6 yards with two touchdowns.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 08:15:00 AM

Dane Sanzenbacher "might face long odds" to make the Bears' final roster, according to ESPN Chicago.

Sanzenbacher showed some ability out of the slot as an undrafted rookie last season, but struggled with drops and had no explosion after the catch. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and special teamer Devin Thomas now on the roster, Sanzenbacher is on thin ice.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 08:53:00 AM

Dane Sanzenbacher caught four passes for 51 yards in Chicago's Week 16 loss to the Packers.

As he has done often this season, Sanzenbacher padded his stats during garbage time, hauling in three catches for 35 yards as the Bears drove for a meaningless field goal down 35-18. Despite managing to stay on the Bears' active roster all season as an undrafted rookie, Sanzenbacher won't be guaranteed a roster spot in 2012.
Mon, Dec 26, 2011 12:42:00 AM

Dane Sanzenbacher will slide into the fourth receiver role with Earl Bennett (chest) returning this week.

"(Sanzenbacher) does the same stuff Earl does so now he can help out at the 'X' receiver, too," OC Mike Martz said. "He actually plays four positions for us. He'll be all over the place. And he's going to start for us in our four-wide receiver sets." Sanzenbacher can be dropped in all redraft leagues.
Thu, Nov 3, 2011 10:08:00 PM

Dane Sanzenbacher was held to two catches for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs.

Sanzenbacher has now made two or fewer catches in three of his past four games. With Earl Bennett (chest) expected back following the Bears' Week 8 bye, Sanzenbacher is well off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 06:20:00 PM

Dane Sanzenbacher caught just one pass in Sunday's Week 6 blowout win, a 13-yard touchdown strike from Jay Cutler in very tight coverage.

Not only was the window tight, but the ball came in very hot and Sanzenbacher made a nice catch. There are plenty of people around the Bears who love his skills and think it is a travesty that he was undrafted this past April. Unfortunately none of them coach the Bears, who are reportedly in love with Earl Bennett. Bennett (chest) resumed practicing this week and could have his job back as soon as next week.
Mon, Oct 17, 2011 12:25:00 AM

Dane Sanzenbacher cleaned up in garbage time of Monday's Week 5 loss to the Lions, catching five of his six receptions in the fourth quarter for 64 yards.

The Lions held a two-score lead for much of the quarter and were content to let the Bears throw underneath where Sanzenbacher operates. He got good news with Earl Bennett (chest) reportedly out a couple of weeks, but Sanzenbacher is just a weak WR3 until Bennett returns. He has more appeal in PPR leagues.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 12:42:00 AM

Rookie WR Dane Sanzenbacher played just 13 snaps against the Panthers in Week 4.

The Bears' run-heavy game plan wasn't the only reason Sanzenbacher failed to produce. He played just 27.5 percent of the offensive snaps after staying on the field two-thirds of the time in Weeks 2-3. Special teamer Sam Hurd actually saw more snaps (15) against Carolina. It doesn't look like slot WR Earl Bennett (chest) will lose his job long-term.
Tue, Oct 4, 2011 04:45:00 PM

Dane Sanzenbacher caught just one pass for 16 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Sanzenbacher had a catchable ball go off his hands on a crucial third down. That certainly won't help him maintain playing time when Earl Bennett (chest) returns. Sanzenbacher was also hurt today by the Bears' extreme run-heavy approach. Jay Cutler attempted just 17 passes on the day as the Bears ran all over Carolina.
Sun, Oct 2, 2011 04:48:00 PM

Dane Sanzenbacher caught five passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Packers.

Sanzenbacher saw seven targets, third most on the team after Johnny Knox and Matt Forte. His touchdown came on a third-down slant from five yards out. The undrafted rookie was wide open for another touchdown, but Jay Cutler threw the ball behind him. Look at Sanzenbacher as a low-end play in deep PPR leagues for Week 4 if Earl Bennett remains sidelined.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 09:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Tyler Wilson
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
2Orson Charles
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3James Wright
4Colin Lockett
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Alex Smith
K1Mike Nugent