Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Agent Says Vakapuna is Back

The agent for Fui Vakapuna said Tuesday his client has agreed to re-sign with the club. Since the Bengals don't announce deals until they are signed, it appears Vakapuna plans to sign his contract when he arrives in town. Agent Dave Lee said Vakapuna is moving to the 53-man roster from the Arizona practice squad, where he has been since the Bengals released him just before the start of the regular season.

When the Bengals decided to cut seventh-rounder Fui Vakapuna and keep Jeremi Johnson on the active roster and Chris Pressley on the practice squad, they weren’t down on Vakapuna. What Johnson and Pressley have on Vakapuna at the moment is their ability to anchor and absorb jolts from linebackers and defensive ends in the blocking game.

But the Bengals love the 6-0, 260-pound Vakapuna’s athleticism and think he’s a good player whose best days are in front of him. Vakapuna, who re-signed with the club Tuesday, is a bright, engaging guy that knows all of this.

“They just want that punch, that shot, explosiveness,” Vakapuna said Wednesday before his first practice back. “Getting out and just hitting somebody. I think it is more leverage, learning how to get my legs under me, my hips, my thrust, everything.”

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