Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson (24) intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler (84) at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
I believe Charles Woodson is still getting better as a free safety as you can see his improvement from last year. He has much better instincts than he did in 2013, his first year at the free safety position. His tackles went from 97 to 111, his interceptions went from one to four and his passes defensed went from three to eight.
Put that together with the fact that he can still cover one-on-one and that’s an elite safety. That’s at least good but Pro Football Focus rated him as average for the 2014 season. So I look for Woodson to ball out next year and be the elite player he’s been his whole career.
The old man can still run and he will still come up and blast on you if you have the ball. He can still get on a tight end or a slot receiver and shut him down in coverage too. I expect his instincts as a safety to improve as he has lost nothing athletically so that will make for an elite safety in 2015.
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