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Woodson likes what he sees from new-look, veteran-laden Raiders

Safety Charles Woodson was one of the younger players on the team the last time the Raiders played in a Super Bowl. The infusion of older, experienced players to this year’s team has Woodson dreaming big once again.
“We’re trying to bust through the ceiling,” Woodson said Monday. “I look at the team and I feel like I have what I need from a team standpoint to get all the way there.”
All the way there, of course, means winning a Super Bowl. The Raiders last won a Super Bowl at the close of the 1983 season. They last appeared in a Super Bowl in the 2002 season, when they got clobbered by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That Raiders team was led by well-traveled veterans such as quarterback Rich Gannon, safety Rod Woodson and wide receiver Jerry Rice, among others, that were added to complement players such as Charles Woodson.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie employed a similar approach this offseason, when he traded for veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and signed older free agents like running back Maurice Jones-Drew, wide receiver James Jones, and defensive linemen LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith and Justin Tuck.
“I see a lot of similarities,” Woodson said.
Already, Woodson said, he can see the changes in the way the Raiders practice. He said the communication is “intense” among the veteran players.
“You can tell that you got guys that have been in the game before and know how to win and know what it takes to win,” Woodson said.
For a while, Woodson said, he wasn’t sure if he was going to be asked back for another season in his second stint with the Raiders – his first go round lasted from 1998-2005.
Woodson, who turns 38 early this season, didn’t receive any calls from other teams, as he did last season, when he met with the Denver Broncos and 49ers before he signed with the Raiders.
“My heart was set on coming back here,” Woodson said. “If that didn’t happen, then I would have had to weigh those options whether or not something else could turn up.”
Woodson said he also contemplated the possibility that his long, illustrious NFL career might have ended.
“I was getting a little bit nervous, sitting at home, trying to figure out what’s going to happen,” Woodson said, “because, the reality was, if it didn’t happen here, that could have been it.”
One thing is certain, Woodson doesn’t feel as if his age is a detriment. His body also feels great despite a 16-year career to this point.
“I’m not looking at this being the last year,” Woodson said.
Instead, Woodson is looking at the Raiders returning to the playoffs for the first time since he initially donned a silver-and-black uniform.

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  • the super genius dr robert

    I have been saying not to count him out. Third year wrs often make the jump.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Why doesn’t purvis ever respond to u?

  • xraided

    can he get off of defenders? his hands aren’t in question here.

  • marks hair

    Seahawks had pink uniforms.. awesome

  • Breaking_Black

    Doesn’t mean he won’t be picked up by someone else!

  • Raideraholic

    Like the Ottawa Rough Riders?

  • Breaking_Black

    Possibly, but I doubt he goes straight to his backyard.

  • xraided

    before i was done reading that… said the same thing to myself… HEY THEY WERE GOOD IN TECMO!
    Randell Cunningham was fun to play with in that game
    dont forget Barry Sanders too! Jerry Ball getting 12 sacks a game

  • marks hair

    Real football has only 4 plays

  • xraided

    patriots you mean

  • marks hair

    Original was the hawks.. only had 12 teams

  • SnBG

    Criner has no chance to make an impact on the team now that Jones, Streater, Moore and Holmes are the front runners

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Would you prefer “post for the rice wine of it”?

  • Return

    He will get picked up immediately. CLE would probably be interested.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Front runners in June? Sure he does. Just has to outplay a couple of them.

  • plunkhead

    One or more of those fellas will fall victim to the injury bug

  • Rick Worth

    Ottawa Red Blacks now!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Wth do we do if Criner finally comes back to 2012 OTA form?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Lmfao.

  • SnBG

    Nope, he doesn’t,

  • the super genius dr robert

    I would say if he shows, he will get time.

    Holmes is far from a sure thing. 25 catches, mostly jump balls.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hey, I was on your side. He did post a blithe respose to your query. I just had some fun with the wording.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Strange to see hypocrisy in professional sports?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I like turtles.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I liked the wording, I thought it was punny.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    New post

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Listen, Hot Dog.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Okay, then.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I agree that he probably won’t, although Moore could go either way, but if he does the coaches aren’t going to ignore him.
    Unless he’s Reggie’s sacrificial lamb as a warning to all agents and players not to fck with him like Criner and his agent did.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All the way thru the preseason? Play him.

  • SnBG

    I don’t see Moore going at least until next year. He is the Raiders pet receiver.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    OTA’s? Not a big deal… Now if he could translate it to the actual games, that’d be an awesome issue to deal with!

    It would be awesome for the receivers on this team to actually perform at a high level and elevate one another’s play abilities to the point where it is difficult for the staff to decide whom to cut.

    i like turtles.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I like turtles.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I love my girlfriend!

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