Asante Studying Film, Serving As Spiritual Advisor

July 2nd, 2011

Joe enjoys hearing about bubble players on the Buccaneers doing everything they can to work to succeed in the NFL.

Yesterday it was Tyrone McKenzie flying to Nebraska to watch film in a hotel with Barrett Ruud. No wonder Josh Freeman called him a “different kind of dude.” And now Bucs blogger Jenna Laine shares a feature about safety Larry Asante’s work ethic and commitment to character. 

He watches film daily. “The Redskins all the way down. I got all that film,” he says. “I try to critique what I would be looking for if I was back in Tampa with my teammates in the film room, breaking down opponents.”

He studies quarterbacks closely, noting where their eyes wander. He pays close attention to the way they square their shoulders, and how they plant their feet. He’s careful not to overanalyze, noting that anticipation can work against an eager defensive back.

“Coach Raheem says you have to be the most patient person out there on the field,” Asante says. “You have to see it. You have to be 100-percent sure before you shoot your trigger. If you think you saw something, which it may not be, and you shoot your trigger, that’s a touchdown.”

Laine also delves into Asante’s spiritual side and reveals what Bucs teammates he counsels.

Good luck making the team, Mr. Asante.

12 Responses to “Asante Studying Film, Serving As Spiritual Advisor”

  1. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Rah tells them “to shoot their triggers.” Now we know why that defense isnt firing – they are trying to figure out what shoot the trigger means.

    Tell rah that he may want to direct them to “pull” the trigger or even
    “shoot” the gun.

  2. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I do remember his Interception for Tampa that kept New Orleans from scoring.

  3. Gary Says:

    Shows what kind of man Larry is. And what a great coach rah is. Here is a guy that rah knew years ago that became a castoff of the browns onto our team making a game changing play in the last game. Hats off to both of them. We are deep at so many positions.

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thomas- hmm, let’s not stress the ” pull the trigger” idea to much, with Talib in those secondary meetings!!

    I still predict Asante will be a starter for us at safety by the end of this year. The guy is a great match for what we do.

  5. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Lol capt tim. Too small of a sample size for determining if asante can play. The sherp get giddy and try to make legends out of third stringers constantly on jbf. If its not kareem huggins, it is josh johnson or ej biggers or elbert mack or kyle moore or mason foster or allen bradford already. Some of those guys they have never seen play.

  6. Macabee Says:

    There are 7 safeties on the current roster (Anderson, Asante, Black, Grimm, Harris, Jones, Lynch), 8 if you think T-Jack is coming back. It is going to be interesting to see who goes, who stays. Joe, could you/Justin project a final 53 man final roster at some point before camp starts? I would be interested to get an early expert opinion.

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    I am basing my opinion on studying him in college, an my knowledge of positional skIlls required in Raheem’s Tampa 2.2. Asante would have been a 3rd round pick this year. His being undrafted speaks volumes about the depth of last year’s draft.

    The safety I’m worried about is Cody Grimm. Tremendous instincts and skills. Limited athletically. Broken Ankes are notorious for robbing players of their atheltesism. I know, I had one.they frequenly end careers. I hope Cody can return strong

  8. espo Says:

    Can’t wait to see the competition at safety. Its a shame we can only end up with 53.

  9. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Capt. Tim
    I think he’s rehabbing fine. I could swear I read somewhere that he was running on it already, and this was about…3 weeks ago? Maybe 4?

    No doubt about it…I am trult impressed with the team Raheem is building. It reminds me of Dungy’s team and how they worked hard to turn around the image of the Bucs.

    btw…waaaaaay back when the lockout started I predicted the lockout would end on or just before July 8th. My deadline is coming up…I fully expect it to be thrown in my face if I was wrong, lol…and I probably was wrong.

  10. Pete Dutcher Says:

    trult = truly

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Pete, I think your date is still pretty close. They need to throw all off the Lawyers out, who according to Florio are impeding the process, Kessler in particular.

    All of Thomas’s Pop Warner experience is really paying off now in his commentary. Too bad it was Cheer leading he excelled in.

    @Espo, I agree about the 53, when they have about 65 who could easily make the team based on past performance and this year’s draft. I’m sure this why so many of the Bucs’ players are working so very hard at this point …………….. to be their “very best selves”.

  12. TopDoggie Says:

    @Capt.Tim I thought he was drafted in the 5th round by Cleveland.