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Veteran Woodson likes what he sees from Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Charles Woodson has been on some good teams as well as some horrible teams in a 17-year career that saw him begin in Oakland, star in Green Bay and return home to the Raiders.

And he likes what he sees in the 2014 Raiders, based on how he answered the question about a ceiling in terms of success after a 4-12 season.

"We're trying to bust through the ceiling. I look at the team and I feel like we have what I need from a team standpoint to get all the way there," Woodson said. "Now, does that happen? Nobody knows until that time comes, but we've got the players in there. If we all focus in, all our goals at the end of the season will be there."

Woodson looks at a defense that added ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, defensive tackle Antonio Smith and veteran corners in Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers and notices a difference in the way the Raiders go about business.

"I can't stress it enough, the way our communication was on the field out there today, you can tell you've got guys that have been in the game before that know how to win and what it takes to win," Woodson said.

The Raiders could benefit from a handful of players who were let go by their previous teams, thought to be past their prime, something Woodson sees in every sport.

"I think the Spurs were undervalued, but look at them," Woodson said. "They have an older team, but they're playing for the whole thing again. Every NFL team wants to get younger, and they push a lot of guys out that can still play the game. I don't think there's any question (experience) is undervalued.

"It's going to be our job, especially from guys like myself, Woodley and Tuck, to show that 'Hey, man, our best days are not behind us just because other people say our best days are behind us. We're going to go out there and play good football games and that's what we intend to do.'"

Woodson said he feels so good physically he doesn't intend for it to be a last spin through the league.

"I'm not looking at this being the last year," Woodson said. "I'm going to enjoy every moment of it, but you never know how it's going to turn out. They've done a good job here in the offseason, with the guys they brought in, the guys they drafted. We're going to be a good team. If that means playing this year and beyond, of course I'd be open to it."

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