A DANE XMAS: Whatever happens, Dane Sanzenbacher is going to remember Christmas, 2012. The Bears cut him Christmas Eve, the Bengals claimed him Christmas, and he had to leave his family Christmas night to beat the storm out of Chicago. He pulled into Cincinnati at 2 a.m., and like Santa, the second-year wideout is just glad to be here.
"You never know. My agent and I thought there was a pretty good chance of getting picked up somewhere," Sanzenbacher said after Wednesday's practice. "But this late in the season a lot of teams have one game left on their schedule, so we really didn’t know. I was in the dark for most of my Christmas morning. I was obviously relieved getting a call from anywhere, but getting to come back to Ohio and play in this beautiful weather is great."
The weather outside was frightful, but Sanzenbacher is used to it as a Toledo native who had such a fine career at Ohio State. It's all happening on the fly after he spent his first two years in the league in Chicago. The Bengals coached him at the 2011 Senior Bowl, but that was under a different coordinator and receivers coach.
"Not a whole lot, to be honest," Sanzenbacher said when asked what he knows about his situation. "Obviously it’s going to start with learning everything, knowing the offense before you can do anything. To be honest, I’m still getting familiar with the guys and the coaches and the atmosphere. I’m six hours into it, so we’ll see how it goes from here. But it seems like a good opportunity."
All he knows is he's wearing No. 11 and that it feels a little bit like Columbus.
hoping he can get some reps.... i really liked that last line