Aromashodu proved himself vs. Vikings

Devin Aromashodu had seven catches for 150 yards against the Vikings last season. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Things were different for Devin Aromashodu the last time the Minnesota Vikings paid a visit to Soldier Field.

After being forced to wait almost the entire 2009 season to crack the Chicago Bears' wide receiver rotation, Aromashodu exploded against the Vikings in the second to last game of the year, turning in the best performance of his NFL career: seven catches, 150 yards and the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime.

"It was real fun. I had the game-winning touchdown, it was cold and on Monday night," Aromashodu said Wednesday. "It was great because I knew everybody was watching. The Vikings played a lot of man [defense], a lot of bail technique where the cornerback would kind of run and read what was going on. That was mostly what I saw, but I got a lot of one-on-one situations because Minnesota was trying to stop the run."

For whatever reason, Aromashodu has been an afterthought after making five catches in the Bears' Week 1 victory over Detroit. But if his situation here in Chicago fails to improve, at least Aromashodu can point to that previous meeting with Minnesota as proof he can be an effective player in the NFL.

"I always knew I could play, but all I needed was an opportunity," Aromashodu said. "I got that opportunity [a few weeks before the Vikings game in 2009], and I feel showed I could compete at this level. I thought the Minnesota game just reinforced that."