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Woodson excited about veteran presence on Raiders

Photo: Ben Margot

Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley stretches during an NFL football minicamp, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Even at age 37, Charles Woodson is feeling a bit younger in his second season back with the Oakland Raiders.

That's what bringing in so many other veterans who have Super Bowl experience like Woodson can do.

Woodson is part of a rebuilt defense in Oakland that includes newcomers like Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, who all know what it takes to succeed in the NFL.

The injection of veteran leadership on a defense that allowed the second-most points per game (28.3) in franchise history in 2013 was part of a plan to end a run of 11 straight seasons without a playoff berth or winning record that started in Woodson's first stint in Oakland.

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