ALAMEDA -- LaMarr Woodley shined for many seasons as an oversized outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, chasing smaller and faster receivers and tight ends.

Now that he's with the Raiders, Woodley is looking forward to putting his hand in the dirt as a defensive end, beating the man in front of him and sacking the quarterback as often as possible.

That's the thing that attracted Woodley most to the Raiders when he hit free agency after spending his first seven NFL seasons with the Steelers.

"Seeing how guys were flying around on defense and getting after people, after talking to coach (Dennis Allen), that's what he wanted me to do," Woodley said. "He wanted me to rush the passer more than drop back in coverage.

"I felt with the kind of people that were on their defense and adding me, I felt like I could help the team win."

Woodley, 29, was accustomed to winning when he played for the Steelers. He played for teams that reached the Super Bowl twice and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy once.

He said he feels as if he and other older players such as defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver James Jones -- two other offseason acquisitions -- can help instill in the Raiders younger players what it takes to win.

"They were in a lot of games (last season), they just didn't finish," Woodley said. "This offseason, they went and brought in guys that know how to finish games. You bring that in here along with the attitude that a lot of these players have and you go to the next level."


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Woodley is a firm believer that the Raiders are talented enough to make it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.

He told Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie as much when he visited the Raiders during free agency.

"If you come here saying, I'm just trying to be 8-8, I don't want you as part of my team," Woodley said.

  • Kevin Burnett, a starter at weakside linebacker last season, was the lone healthy player to not attend the voluntary camp. Defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who had an unspecified surgery after being injured in the weight room, was not present, and guard Lucas Nix was present but not practicing because of injury.

  • Tight end David Ausberry, who spent last season on injured reserve after injuring a shoulder in the first exhibition game, was getting plenty of work and made a number of catches.

    "He's got ability, especially as a receiving threat, so he's a nice piece to the puzzle," Allen said. "Hopefully he'll continue to develop, and we'll be able to use him this year."

  • Quarterback Matt Schaub was involved in one of the big moments in Raiders history, throwing an end zone interception to Michael Huff to seal a 25-20 Oakland win in Houston the day after they learned of the death of owner Al Davis.

    "I really haven't discussed with any of the players that specific moment,'' Schaub said. "I remember that game vividly because when we found out the news we thought it was going to go one or two ways -- they were either going to go Cover 2 and keep everything in front or just bring the gas and blitz every play. I think we got the gas. I think greater forces were at play that day.''

    Staff writer Jerry McDonald contributed to this report.