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Charles Woodson finally feels like he’s playing safety

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Charles Woodson was one of the best cornerbacks in the league for so long, shifting inside to safety as he aged seemed like a smooth transition.

But Woodson admitted it was largely winging it when he first moved.

“When I moved to safety a couple of years ago, I was really playing the position as an athlete,” Woodson told FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I was just going back there and doing it because I can play football and for the most part put myself in the right position. But what [Raiders assistant] Marcus [Robertson] is doing is molding me into a safety and allowing me to see the game from the middle of the field and understanding angles from that position.
“I’m loving it because I’m growing. If you’re not growing in this game, you’re not getting better. I plan on getting better.”

Woodson has been playing safety the last three years, but he said he feels like this is his first season where he feels like a safety.

Robertson said he was a “little apprehensive” about coaching a player of Woodson’s magnitude at first, but likes that the 37-year-old is so fully invested in the transition.

“The one thing about him is the guy wants to learn,” said Robertson, the former Titans safety. “He’s eating it up and working on it. And he’s been extremely coachable.
“It’s a beautiful thing. He’s going to have a big year.”

Having veteran players with something to prove is a common thread among the Raiders this year, but Woodson’s example is something their young players should clearly benefit from.

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33 Responses to “Charles Woodson finally feels like he’s playing safety”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jul 30, 2014 11:53 AM

    This guy should be playing for the retirement home league.

  2. honkeyt says: Jul 30, 2014 11:59 AM

    I love Charles.

    Raiders4Eva

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 30, 2014 12:00 PM

    Taking a shot at his Packer coaches. It won’t take long for his old fans to turn on him.

  4. deepseabreeze says: Jul 30, 2014 12:00 PM

    C-Wood. One of the greatest Raiders of all-time.

  5. nrns77 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:07 PM

    How has he been playing safety for “the last three years when he was playing cornerback for the Packers 2 years ago? He has only been playing safety for one year, idiot.

  6. kferguson2002 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:07 PM

    HOF one of the best to ever touch the field. And this is coming from a Colts fan.

  7. trolltoll11 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:12 PM

    We miss you in Green Bay Charles. I hope someday you are inducted into the Packers HOF. It’s obvious when he does hang it up he’s a first ballot HOFer. Great player, great leader, great person.

  8. raiderufan says: Jul 30, 2014 12:14 PM

    Charles 2013: 75 tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 1 int, 3 fumbles forced and 2 recovered

    TJ Ward 2013: 75 tackles, 37 assisted, 1.5 sacks, 2 int’s, 0 fumbles forced and 0 recovered

    I’m fully aware that Ward is a SS while Woodson is a FS but a simple comparison to a guy considered one of the top safties in the game makes it pretty obvious Woodson is still a vital part of this game. Played in and started all 16 games as well.

  9. rdrfan says: Jul 30, 2014 12:19 PM

    Going in as a Raider

  10. talonh says: Jul 30, 2014 12:32 PM

    Won his only ring as a Packer. Meaning when he goes in, it will proudly be wearing a G on his finger.

  11. klutch14u says: Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM

    Hasn’t he spent half of his career injured and standing on the sidelines? Only mention this because of the opening line of this piece. He definitely got that recognition but he sure didn’t play much in the early days.

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM

    We only turn on the turds. Woodson was nothing but a class act while in Green Bay and I don’t know anyone that has a harsh thing to say about him.

    And yes, when he goes into the HOF he should go in as a Raider. That’s his “home.” He started there and will likely finish there. We were just lucky to have him while we did.

  13. humb0lt says: Jul 30, 2014 12:39 PM

    Pretty good player in his day but past his prime now, not quite NFL caliber, like most of the Raiders’ roster.

  14. tahnoonzee says: Jul 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    Keenan Allen is gonna toast this old man.

  15. packfanaj12 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:54 PM

    Charles is a great athlete, a class act role model, and a solid contributor even at his age. I wish Green Bay would have held onto him for a while longer, however I am happy to see him back with the Raiders. Fingers are crossed you will get a few pick six’s this year, good luck!

  16. woodyg says: Jul 30, 2014 1:06 PM

    In the meantime, GB’s roster is still void of any safeties even close to Woody’s abilities — even at 37 years old. —- Easy to see why the Pack is in a rebuilding era.

  17. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jul 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    Of course humbolt being a chokers fan would know all about guys who aren’t of NFL caliber. That’s the entire chokers roster from cry me a rivers all the way down to monte t’eo. One epic bust after another from those losers.

  18. araidersfan says: Jul 30, 2014 1:31 PM

    C-Wood is the last in the line of a tradition of great Raider DBs. If the Raiders can return to consistent prominence in the future then there’ll be more leading the resurgence.

  19. radrntn says: Jul 30, 2014 1:33 PM

    Branch, and C-wood….pretty solid

    Go Raiders…

  20. dumbolt says: Jul 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    Jul 30, 2014 12:39 PM
    Pretty good player in his day but past his prime now, not quite NFL caliber, like most of the Raiders’ roster.
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    Confucius says “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

  21. slick50ks says: Jul 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    raiderufan says:
    Jul 30, 2014 12:14 PM
    Charles 2013: 75 tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 2 sacks, 1 int, 3 fumbles forced and 2 recovered

    TJ Ward 2013: 75 tackles, 37 assisted, 1.5 sacks, 2 int’s, 0 fumbles forced and 0 recovered

    I’m fully aware that Ward is a SS while Woodson is a FS but a simple comparison to a guy considered one of the top safties in the game makes it pretty obvious Woodson is still a vital part of this game. Played in and started all 16 games as well.

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    Only a donkey fan would consider Ward “one of the top safeties in the game”. He doesn’t sniff top 10.

    And Woodson? He’s toast, and has been toast for several years now. He’s the Champ Bailey of DB’s.

  22. r8rsfan says: Jul 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    C-Wood is legend in Raider Nation, and from the sound of some of these posts, is equally respected and admired in Green Bay. Face of the franchise, role model for kids, loyal to the shield.

  23. hansenbrothers says: Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    I love Woodson, but that’s why the Packers cut him. He wasn’t really playing safety.

  24. jeffsnow7 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:50 PM

    My favorite athlete of all time… Best DB in the game

  25. militantgod says: Jul 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    Players don’t go into the Hall of Fame as members of one team, as in baseball. They go in as individuals.

    As for, “Charles Woodson is the Champ Bailey of DBs”…how does this make any sense? Chump Bailey still plays in the league, and was injured last year and was burnt up in the playoffs the prior. Woodson isn’t his old self (what 37 year old is?) but he still played at a quality level last year.

  26. r8dernation says: Jul 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    Hasn’t he spent half of his career injured and standing on the sidelines? Only mention this because of the opening line of this piece. He definitely got that recognition but he sure didn’t play much in the early days.
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    What? Are you kidding? He played, the offense’s never threw to him, so you didn’t see him much on pass plays. But he was one of the best tackling corners you’ll ever see on running downs. Dude played in the Raiders SB with a rod in his leg. They don’t get much tougher than CW!

  27. cheeseheadbybirth says: Jul 30, 2014 2:19 PM

    Charles Woodson’s years with the Packers makes it hard for me not to root for the Raiders…

  28. texansfalcons says: Jul 30, 2014 2:27 PM

    This guy is a stud. Nothing but respect for him.

  29. dumbolt says: Jul 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    slick50ks says:
    Jul 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    (who cares)
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    same goes for you and your hate…Confucius says “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

  30. reginaldmckenziesfavoritefreckle says: Jul 30, 2014 5:55 PM

    This man is a ballplayer pure and simple. His knowledge of the game is invaluable to the younger DBs on the roster.

  31. desertrace21 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:01 PM

    Loved the guy his first time around in Silver and Black! I really thought he and Buchanan were one of the best tandems in the league, and maybe the second or third best tandem in Raiders history. I am glad he got a ring in Green Bay. He has been a class act his whole career and continues to be one. I wish more guys played the way Woodson does.

  32. brinmilwaukee says: Jul 31, 2014 4:49 AM

    As a Packers fan, I miss Woodson more than any other player who has left. Sometimes, “draft and develop” really sucks! He may be a Raider right now, but he will always be very, very popular in Green Bay.

  33. babygaga19 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:09 PM

    How old is this dude? Do the Raiders have any young starters?

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