Charles Woodson feeling better than he did a year ago

Charles Woodson picked off nine passes, had four forced fumbles and made two sacks en route to being named the NFL’s defensive player of the year last season. For much of the year, he was playing with a banged up shoulder.

Woodson feels much better now, and he credits his work in a boxing gym during the offseason for helping him out. That’s good news for Woodson, who turns 34 in October. But no one is worrying too much about his durability. The cornerback has missed only two games in four seasons with the Packers.

He’s traditionally been near 210 pounds during the summer and has had to work his way down to his playing weight of 200. He’s at that weight right now and ready to go, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Woodson is crediting the boxing workouts with teammate Nick Collins in Orlando, Fla.

“It built my shoulders up,” Woodson said. “The shoulder work that those boxers do is tremendous. It was some of the toughest work I’ve done. It kept me trim.

“For me to be at my playing weight already is a big bonus. I feel even better coming in this year than last year.”

That’s good news for the Packers, who are uncertain whether or not Al Harris will be available on the opposite side when the season begins.

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