Q&A with Marques Anderson

Marques Anderson, Green Bay's third round draft pick, has been promoted as the starting strong safety ahead of Antuan Edwards. He will be making his third straight start Monday night when the Packers host the Miami Dolphins.<p>

Anderson took time to answer questions from the media Thursday. Here's what he had to say:

on defending wide receiver Cris Carter: "We really haven't been focusing on Cris Carter. We've been focusing on our game plan and how we can prepare ourselves for getting ready for this game."

on fines recently handed out by NFL to defensive backs for illegal hits:

"That's kind of a sticky situation. You're asked to go out there and give 110% and be aggressive, but at the same time you've got to keep the health of the game. You can't try to hurt somebody because it's a sport. It's a game. Hopefully it will come to some type of medium where you can be aggressive and not get fined."

On pulling up:

"When it's the heat of the moment sometimes the only thing you can do is take a fine. That's the nature of the league. That's the nature of the game. It's a physical game. When you ask somebody to go out there and run full speed, you can't be thinking, 'Oh, I've got to pull up.'"

On comfort level now compared to early in season:

"My comfort level is fine. I feel like I'm coming into my own. I'm comfortable out there. I'm comfortable with my abilities and confidence. I'm fine, just going to work." On what he has learned the most:

"It's all about winning. I think no matter how you get it done, no matter what it takes you have to win. When you win everybody is happy. The players are happy. The coaches are happy. That's what it's about."

On starting on Monday Night Football:

"You're only as good as your last game. It's a way to show my talents."

On when he didn't feel like a rookie anymore:

"Since I got here, man. I really didn't want to be labeled as a rookie. I just wanted to come in here and learn as fast as possible and become the player that I want to become. I'm still working, still grinding, and hopefully one of these days I can become that player."

On if he gets butterflies before games?

"I don't get butterflies. I get prepared. With more preparation the less butterflies you have."

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