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With Hawkins Injured, Dane Sanzenbacher Could Grab Roster Spot

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Jul 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (11) runs a play during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Dane, welcome back to Ohio.

For many second and third string players, the NFL preseason is the only chance they have to prove themselves in action against another team.  Therefore, making the most of that small amount of time is paramount.

As for Dane Sanzenbacher, he certainly seems to be taking advantage of the time given to him.

Coming out of Ohio State, Sanzenbacher played for Chicago in his first year.  Although he was the first undrafted rookie on the Bears to score more than one touchdown (Sanzenbacher had three touchdowns on 27 receptions), he was released on December 24, 2012.

The Bengals didn’t waste any time in signing the former-Buckeye star. In fact, the news that Sanzenbacher would be moving to Cincinnati came on Christmas, the following day.

However, with one of Cincinnati’s most competitive young receiving corps in years, he’s faced an uphill battle to have a shot at the final roster leading up to the season opener.

What’s the old saying? One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain.  Recently, Andrew Hawkins suffered a high ankle sprain that will have him in a cast.  The time that Cincinnati’s famous “Baby Hawk” will miss is uncertain at this point, as an ankle sprain is a difficult injury to judge.