Seahawks training camp begins July 31, and in our countdown to camp we’ll answer a key question every day until the team is back on the field at the team’s facility in Renton.

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Seahawks training camp begins July 31, and in our countdown to camp we’ll answer a key question every day until the team is back on the field at the team’s facility in Renton.

Today’s question: Who will take over at nickelback?

Entering the spring, it was unclear who would take over at nickelback.

But when the spring ended, an answer started to come into view — Will Blackmon, a former Seahawk re-signed after the season following two years in Jacksonville.

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Blackmon spent OTAs and minicamp as the No. 1 nickelback, with Richard Sherman and Cary Williams as the starting outside corners.

It’s a trio that, at the moment, looks more than likely to take the field in the nickel defense when the Seahawks open the season Sept. 13 at St. Louis.

The Seahawks signed Blackmon with the knowledge that Jeremy Lane, the team’s nickelback last year when healthy, is unlikely to be available for the start of the season. Lane suffered a broken wrist and a torn knee ligament in the Super Bowl and since has suffered complications with the arm injury, making it unclear when he will return. Expect him to start the year on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list.

Marcus Burley helped fill in for Lane last season, and the Seahawks at times used Byron Maxwell inside. Maxwell signed as a free agent with the Eagles.

Blackmon, 30, brings ample experience, having also played for the Giants and Packers in a career dating to 2006. And at 6 feet and 204 pounds he brings a little more size than the 5-11, 184-pound Burley.

Burley figures to get a long look in training camp as well.

Others also will be used there, though recall that the team said it envisions fifth-round draft pick Tye Smith playing mostly on the outside.

For now, it the best odds are that Blackmon holds down the spot, with assistance when needed from Burley, until Lane returns.

Up next: Is draft pick Frank Clark worth the risk?