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Jeremy Lane, Bradley McDougald among Seahawks camp standouts

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their second training camp practice Monday. Here are some observations on what stood out.

Jeremy Lane appears to be stepping up.

Lane played nickel last season and had a down year. But with DeShawn Shead (knee) sidelined, Lane is in the driver's seat to start at right cornerback, and he's had a strong start to camp.

Early on, he stuck with wide receiver Kasen Williams down the left sideline. On a 50/50 ball from Russell Wilson, Lane out-jumped Williams and batted the ball back towards the field of play. Bradley McDougald came down with the interception, and the defensive players erupted.

Speaking of McDougald, Kam Chancellor raved about the Seahawks' new safety

"I see a lot of swag in him," Chancellor said. "He fits right in, you know, Bradley McDougald is just like us, he is one of us. Just with watching him without the pads on, he looks like he is going to lay some brutal hits. He has the form. He has the mindset for it. He is a guy who can cover. He is a guy that is picking up on the defense very fast and very effective, and I think he is going to come in, whether we put another package in or not, he is going to come in and do what he has to do, even on special teams. I think he is going to be a guy who's going to make plays and just be able to make impact and adds value to the team."

McDougald is slated to be the top backup should Chancellor or Earl Thomas suffer an injury. And the Seahawks could use some big nickel packages with him as well.

Amara Darboh is off to a nice start.

The third-round pick out of Michigan beat cornerback Demetrius McCray down the right sideline and hauled in a deep ball from Wilson for a touchdown during the early portion of practice.

It should obviously be taken with a grain of salt, but Wilson said Sunday that he thought Darboh could be special. The rookie has made his presence felt during the first two practices and will be a player to watch once the pads come on.

The Seahawks are much deeper at LB than they were a year ago.

Behind Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, the organization completely overhauled its linebacking corps. Terence Garvin, who is getting reps at the SAM spot, has been very active. He jumped in front of a receiver and nearly intercepted Wilson on one play. Later, Garvin ran step for step with running back Alex Collins down the right sideline for a pass breakup.

Meanwhile, undrafted free agent Otha Peters had a pick-six against Trevone Boykin.

The Seahawks brought back veteran Mike Morgan today. They signed Michael Wilhoite during free agency and recently added Marcus Smith.

Overall, this appears to be a much deeper group than the one the Seahawks had a year ago.

Extra points.

Neither Boykin nor Austin Davis has impressed at the backup quarterback spot. It's only been two days, but it'll be interesting to see if the Seahawks make a move should they both struggle in the preseason. ...There has not been a true first-team offensive line yet. A lot of mixing and matching by Tom Cable. But on the final team period of the day, from left to right, the Seahawks went with George Fant, Rees Odhiambo, Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski and Germain Ifedi. Luke Joeckel did not participate in that period, but he has been seeing most of his reps at left guard. Oday Aboushi has been rotating in at right guard.