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OAKLAND – Raiders safety Charles Woodson was determined to play Sunday against Baltimore. Suiting up a week after dislocating his right shoulder shows toughness in itself. Playing most every snap is something else altogether.
That’s what Woodson managed to do in a 37-33 victory over the Ravens. Woodson played a deep free safety after playing strong safety with Nate Allen in the lineup. The 38-year old adjusted his tackling methods and missed a few without proper strength in his shoulder, but Woodson fought through and helped a thin group of safeties.
According to the official NFL game book, Woodson played 99 percent of the Raiders’ 82 defensive snaps.
“How about Charles Woodson?” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “How about Charles finding a way to make it out here today. With the shoulder and him being questionable all week and very limited all week. That’s what makes this game so special. It’s a team effort, that’s what it takes, and we had a full team effort today.”
The snap count also showed a role shift. Strongside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong struggled as a three-down linebacker last week, but was only involved in the base defense. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton stayed in during the sub packages.
Edge rusher Aldon Smith’s snap count went up with the extra plays, and he was involved in 49 snaps, and was on the field 60 percent of the time.
It’s clear that Seth Roberts is established as the No. 3 receiver in the slot, though Andre Holmes was productive in 14 snaps. The Raiders also regularly use multiple tight ends, with No. 3 tight end Clive Walford in for 20 snaps.
Let’s take a comprehensive look at Raiders playing time on offense, defense and special teams:
74 – OL Donald Penn, OL J’Marcus Webb, OL Austin Howard, OL Gabe Jackson, OL Rodney Hudson, QB Derek Carr
66 – WR Michael Crabtree
60 – WR Amari Cooper
56 – RB Latavius Murray
49 – WR Seth Roberts
41 – TE Lee Smith
39 – TE Mychal Rivera
20 – TE Clive Walford
14 – Andre Holmes
10 – RB Taiwan Jones, FB Marcel Reece
4 – RB Roy Helu
1 – OL Khalif Barnes
82 – CB TJ Carrie
81 – LB Curtis Lofton, S Charles Woodson
79 – LB Malcolm Smith
72 – CB DJ Hayden
66 – DE Justin Tuck
58 – DE Khalil Mack
55 – DL Denico Autry
52 – CB Neiko Thorpe
49 – S Larry Asante, DL Aldon Smith
33 – S Taylor Mays
28 – DT Dan Williams
27 – LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, DL Mario Edwards
25 – DL C.J. Wilson
18 – DL Stacy McGee
12 – CB Keith McGill
5 -- LB Neiron Ball
1 – S Keenan Lambert, LB Ben Heeney
27 – Keith McGill, Lorenzo Alexander
21 – Keenan Lambert
19 – Taiwan Jones, Neiron Ball, Ben Heeney
18 – Neiko Thorpe
17 –Andre Holmes
15 – Sebastian Janikowski
14 – Lee Smith, Tony Bergstrom
10 – Marcel Reece, Roy Helu, TJ Carrie
9 – Mychal Rivera, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Marquette King, Jon Condo
8 – Curtis Lofton, Justin Tuck, Denico Autry, Dan Williams, C.J. Wilson
7 – Donald Penn, J’Marcus Webb, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Clive Walford, Khalif Barnes, Khalil Mack
6 – Larry Asante
2 – DJ Hayden, Aldon Smith