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With the abrupt retirement of wide receiver Devin Thomas and the resigning of veteran Rashied Davis, Dane Sanzenbacher still finds himself fighting for a position on the Bears roster.
Sanzenbacher, who was signed as an undrafted free agent before the 2011 season, made a decent contribution last year, finishing with 27 catches for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Quarterback Jay Cutler has publicly lobbied for Sanzenbacher but he understands that special teams contributions will factor in any decision to keep him:
"You watch film on Dane and you have to keep him, from a quarterback’s perspective," Cutler said via ChicagoTribune.com. "I know there are numbers and he’s got to contribute with Dave (Toub) and the special teams group. But every single day he’s coming out here, he’s catching balls. … He’s going to be hard to let go, if we have to."
Sanzenbacher is going to have to prove his abilities not only as a wide receiver but as a special teams contributor. Special teams coach Dave Toub has stated that Sanzenbacher will be a four-phase special teams guy for Thursday’s game and he will have to prove his effectiveness if he wants to make the roster.