It's not easy for a rookie wide receiver to make an impact in the NFL, especially in Mike Martz's offense. But precise route running and versatility are two qualities that can make a big difference, which is why Dane Sanzenbacher, the undrafted rookie from Ohio State, might be more than a novelty at Bears training camp in Bourbonnais.
Sanzenbacher has impressed the Bears' coaching staff with his route running. And his ability to pick up the offense at several wide-receiver positions -- primarily split end and the slot -- without any offseason preparation is sure to earn him a serious look in the preseason.
''He's done very well,'' Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said Wednesday. ''I think we've made him play three or four different positions. He's really done a good job in the slot as our nickel receiver, and he plays 'X' too. He's been very steady.
''He's got real tired legs right now so we're going to back off his reps a little because he's taken so many but we're very pleased with his progress. With the things we continue to add, he's been very, very good about his mistakes; very few mistakes. He's got a chance.''