Culver impressed the Dolphins brass enough in 2008 to get a two-year contract extension. He got into all 16 games last year, started two when the Dolphins opened in nickel packages, had four passes knocked down and one picked off.
``I feel like I stepped in quite a bit with the nickel and dime packages the last two years, so I definitely showed I'm able to play on the field,'' Culver said. ``It's a matter of progressing each year.''
Culver got a chance up close to see Wilson's struggles, some of which Ireland laid off on the Dolphins having rookie cornerbacks Sean Smith and Vontae Davis making a combined 25 starts as they completed on-the-job training. Of course, that was a month before the Dolphins cut Wilson.
``Sometimes, a young corner, you do have to tell them more and guide them, but that's your job as a safety is to make sure everybody's on the right page,'' Culver said.
``I think Vontae and Sean did a great job for us last year and I think they'll do very well this year. As a safety, you've got to focus on doing your job, but making sure everybody else is on the right page.''
Throughout the season, it was axiomatic that the Dolphins had two strong safeties in Wilson and Yeremiah Bell, but no actual free safety.
``I played both last year and the year before,'' Culver said. ``They're really interchangeable. We've got a new system coming in and we're all excited to learn that. Free and strong are very similar in most schemes.''
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