Chicago Bears receiver Dane Sanzenbacher caught his second touchdown pass of the season Sunday in the 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and the rookie from Ohio State is establishing a strong chemistry with quarterback Jay Cutler.
"It's one of those things that can only come with game experience," Sanzenbacher told CSN Chicago. "You can take as many practice reps as you want, but the more you're out there in the game, the more comfortable you feel with everybody, not only Jay, but the receivers, and you just form that chemistry."
Sanzenbacher was second on the team with a five catches for 27 yards. He was third with seven targets.
He scored with 8:12 left in the second quarter after Green Bay had built a 14-0 lead.
"It's one of those plays that you draw up early in the week, hoping that you get a certain look on it," he told CSN. "Early in the progression, the read is there, so we knew if we had that little in route there in the middle it would be relatively open."
But the Bears' offense, especially the running game, couldn't keep up with the Packers. Penalties, interceptions and dropped passes also affected the passing attack.
"We can get big plays here and there, but finding that rhythm is going to be our challenge," Sanzenbacher said. "The good thing is I think it's small things. It's always one or two little things that stop those drives. I don't have any question that we'll get those cleaned up."