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Sanzenbacher An Unexpected Boost For Bears

Dane Sanzenbacher catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dane Sanzenbacher catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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(CBS) Seven draft rounds came and went, and there was no call for Dane Sanzenbacher.

That is, until he signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Bears. When he arrived at training camp, Sanzenbacher wasn’t sure if he would even make the team. Now, after three games, he’s caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Jay Cutler.

“It’s a league, it’s a business where you have to take advantage of your opportunities,” Sanzenbacher said. ” When your number is called, they expect you to make the play. One thing that’s been great about being there and with this coaching staff is that, if they put you on the field, that means they trust you to make those plays. You can’t really second-guess yourself.”

Sanzenbacher is working to do everything he can to help the Bears win — his focus isn’t just staying on the team anymore.

“You’re focus goes from, ‘OK, do everything right, get your offense in, try to make this team,’ to now you want to contribute and help this team win,” Sanzenbacher said. ” It’s away from worrying about making a mistake and thinking, ‘Are they going to send me home tomorrow?’ It’s now on to, ‘We gotta get this together and try to get wins on the board.’”