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Asante: **"Initially I thought I was going to come in here and play special teams. Some things happened, I was able to get in there and play a little bit of safety. My role right now from week to week, it's uncertain. If they need me to play special teams, I'm going to play special teams. If I'm needed on defense I'm going to play defense. Whatever I need to do to help my team, that's what I'm going to do."

Q: They took Brandian Ross and they put him down in the slot. He's done it, but he's not done it a lot. The defensive continuity, the way you guys play together, seems as good right now as it's been all year. How do you account for that?

Asante:"I would say communication, just working together. As long as we're all on the same page on the back end, I think we're fine. Brandian Ross moving into the slot position, into the nickel, it's no different. As long as we get the calls and we're all on the same page, we can play sound football."

Q: I'm sure it was disappointing when they cut you here. Was there anything said like, 'don't eliminate us from your speed dial?'

Asante:"It was definitely disappointing, and I believe me getting cut kind of fueled I guess my madness if you want to call it that, because I was back at home working out six days a week, and at the same time I was communicating with the coach, M. Rob [Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Marcus Robertson] back and forth and he was just telling me to stay in shape because they liked what they saw during camp. Unfortunately, I had pulled my hamstring after the third preseason game, so it was kind of bad timing. I definitely don't regret or have any kind of animosity after I got cut. Everything happens for a reason and God brought me back and I'm just happy to be back here and playing with my family."

Q: But the lines of communication were kind of open?

Asante:"Yes. It was definitely was. It definitely was."

Q: Opportunities are few and far between, do you feel that you're in position to really take advantage of this one? It seems like you've played pretty well when you've had the chance.

Asante:"I would say so, but at the same time, whatever my role is from week to week, I'm willing to perform it. Special teams, defense, wherever coaches need me to play, that's where I'm going to play. I just want to serve and help this team win."

Q: [Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano] was saying a little bit ago that with guys like Brandian and Larry, getting cut one time,  when they're out on the field it's like every practice they're out on the field could be their last one. Is that kind of the way you look at it?

Asante:"Definitely. Every opportunity I get, my mindset right now is just to capitalize and to just go out there and just showcase what I can do out there on the field. Getting cut was not fun, and like I said, that's what kind of drove me when I went back home, to work hard and to stay in shape and to come back and to just prove everybody wrong, that I do belong and I didn't deserve to get cut."

Q: What has it been like playing with Charles Woodson?

Asante:"Definitely a blessing. He helps me out a lot throughout the week at just studying opponents, studying tendencies. He's just a great player and I'm just blessed to be able to play with a guy like that."

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