Carimi, Sanzenbacher playing with 1st team
Tackle Gabe Carimi impressive with Bears’ first-team offense
BY MARK POTASH
Last Modified: Aug 2, 2011 02:13AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It was only the first day in pads, but rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi looked as though he belonged right where he was Monday night — with the first-team offense.
Carimi, a first-round draft pick out of Wisconsin who had played left tackle with the second unit in the first two days of practice, started at right tackle with the first team and at least appeared to hold his own.
‘‘First, he’s a rookie coming in; you just want to see how they move,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. ‘‘So we just feel like right now we want to look at Gabe on the right side. He can play both, but keep everything in pencil.’’
Carimi played left tackle in college, so the right side is an adjustment. But whether he was up against Israel Idonije, Julius Peppers or Henry Melton, he didn’t appear overmatched. He acknowledged some ‘‘rookie mistakes’’ but didn’t seem too fazed by them.
‘‘It was good,’’ Carimi said. ‘‘When I got my technique down, I was making plays. First practice in pads, there are some things to clean up. Just watch the film, and I should be able to do that.’’
As an undrafted rookie free agent trying to make the team without any offseason workouts, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher has one one thing in mind when he comes to practice: ‘‘Do something they’re going to remember.’’
The 5-11, 180-pound rookie from Ohio State is doing just that. Sanzenbacher earned reps with the first team in practice Monday
and will get more after catching everything that came his way.
‘‘He’s got a chance; he’s a player,’’ Bears wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said. ‘‘You get an opportunity to make plays, and that’s what he does. He’s steady. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far from him. We’re going to keep giving him opportunities.’’
Sanzenbacher had 55 receptions for 948 yards (17.2 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns at Ohio State last season and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick.
‘‘I haven’t had a choice but to raise my game,’’ he said. ‘‘Having everything shrunk down with the lockout, it’s even more limited time for rookies to get reps. And you’ve got to make the best of your opportunities. You want to show them you’ll do whatever it takes to make this team. That’s what I’m trying to do every day.’’
‘‘He’s a good football player,’’ Smith said. ‘‘We want to get the players in game-type situations. He’s making the most of it. We all noticed him tonight.’’
Running back Matt Forte said his agent was in Bourbonnais to speak with general manager Jerry Angelo about an extension.
Forte, who is scheduled to make $550,000 this season, considered not reporting to camp on time but did so because Angelo assured him they would talk about an extension soon.
‘‘It’s better than negotiating over the phone,’’ Forte said.
I am NOT digging Carimi being the RT (for that must surely mean Webb is playing LT, right?), but it's interesting that an UNDFA is getting 1st team reps, even at this early stage.
Yes, Webb was playing at LT and looked very solid according to reports. I still think Gabe should get first crack at LT, but at the same time I will repeat what I have said the past year. I feel Gabe has All-Pro RT potential, and Webb looked much better at LT than RT last preseason. Said it then and I'll stress that again now, MUCH better. I just hope our actual best five are run out there are positions they earn. I can't do much but put some faith in Tice to get this shit straight.
say what you want, but JA has upgraded the OLine ;)
Webb at LT > Webb at RT
Carimi is an upgrade
*irony mode off*
Sanzenbacher is overrated and should be cut after training camp.
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I think Carimi will get a shot at LT before camp breaks...I hope so anyway. Get a good look at both and whoever is better at LT sticks...the other plays RT. Just so happens Webb gets first crack at it. But Tice needs to get it settled in camp so we can start developing some cohesion as opposed to last year where we basically had a different lineup every week during the first half of the season.
I'm anxious to see how Sanzenbacher does too. He's a blue collar guy with good hands and a high football IQ...guy's just a "football player." He kinda reminds me of Wes Welker...could be exactly what we need in the slot.
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and just what about Sazenbecher gives you that indication there little bear?
Guess that puts Omhy back on the bench as a swing man; where he belongs. Still need a G to replace Garza imo; but time is quickly running out, and I don't think there are any worth taking that are real improvements. I'd like to know what WR's got put on the side so Sans could get his time in w/the 1's?
I say if we're gonna move Garza to Center, put spencer in at guard... would make sense right? I mean, he's not a pro bowler, but he's no chump either.
My guess would be Hester and/or Bennett, but I wouldn't read too much into it. We know what we've got with those guys...the staff probably just wants to give Sanzenbacher every opportunity possible to earn his keep in order to decide if he's worth a roster spot.
Originally Posted by Riczaj01:831001
I really doubt that they'll trot out a rookie at LT against players like John Abraham, Clay Matthews, and Jared Allen. Right tackle might be a good idea to start so Camiri can get his feet wet. Later on in the year you will see Camiri get more time at LT but I have doubts that he will be the opening day LT seeing as Frank "Oh-my-god" Omiyale is still on the team in case Webb or Camiri can't cut it.
Any talent at the WR position will be a welcome change for the Bears. If Sanzenbacher has talent, who are we to say he can't make it.
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