Though certainly not enough to lend any game-planning advantage, FB Fahu Tahi has some familiarity with the Vikings opponent this Sunday at Mall of America Field.
Tahi was signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2006 but didn’t make the final roster cut coming out of training camp. He was signed to the practice squad but was later released, which prompted him to sign with the Vikings in November of 2006.
Tahi played mostly special teams and some spot duty on offense in 2007, but in 2008 he won a starting job for the Vikings. This past offseason the Bengals signed Tahi to an offer sheet, but the Vikings matched it and the 6-0, 254-pound battering ram remained in purple as RB Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker.
Now Tahi is just a few days away from facing his former team – the same team that pursued him this past offseason and the same team on which his cousin, FB Fui Vakapuna, plays. The Vikings FB said there were still a few players left from his time in Cincinnati but that for the most part there are a lot of new faces.
Tahi said that in his short time with the Bengals in 2006 most of the players he got to know were on offense. But now that he’s on the Vikings offense, Tahi is familiarizing himself with the Bengals defense.
“Their whole front seven is playing really good football right now,” the physical FB said on Wednesday. “My buddy Jonathan Fanene, we were roommates in Cincinnati, he’s playing really well. He’s stepped in and played really good football.”
“I think a big difference in their defense is Rey Maualuga. He’s doing a great job for their linebackers. As I said, their whole front seven is playing very well right now.”
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