Traffic, film stars and chilly breezes: Rams settling into LA

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:28 PM

Defensive finish Robert Quinn got a rental house in the suburbs while he looks for a permanent family home. The LA Rams are settling into their new city, and any trepidation about their franchise'south move is quickly losing out to excitement about their fresh start.

Traffic, film stars and chilly breezes: Rams settling into LA

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson has a chilly space to live in Hollywood. Defensive finish Robert Quinn got a rental house in the suburbs while he looks for a permanent family home.

The LA Rams are settling into their new city, and any trepidation about their franchise'south move is quickly losing out to excitement about their fresh start.

Their first few days in Southern California'south irresistibly pleasant weather have been beautiful great, too.

"I woke up today and I looked outside, and CA just smells good," Johnson said. "It tastes good, you know?"

Precisely five months before their official return to the Coliseum, the Rams got together Monday for the first day of their official offseason workouts. They're training W of LA in coastal Oxnard through June, using the residential hotel and attached complex that hosts the Dallas Cowboys' annual training camp.

They're also doing plenty of work off the field. Johnson and safety T. J. McDonald are among the CA natives on the Rams' roster serving as field guides while their teammates see for apartments, restaurants and clubs in their unfamiliar new home.

"Everybody has different questions," said McDonald, the former USC Trojans star. "Some guys are from tiny towns or in the South, wondering if there'south film stars going left and right or whatever. But I just told them, 'This is really regular life. Just be yourself, be humble, indicate up to work love we do in St. Louis, and we'll be all right.'"

Many Rams arrived over the latest two weeks with not much information of the area beyond a vague fear of LA'south legendary traffic, but they're starting to look the possibilities.

Before the move, receiver Tavon Austin said his information of LA was confined to one prominent local landmark: "Kobe Bryant."

Austin moved to CA a few weeks before most of his teammates to settle in. So far, the speedy wideout thinks he'll love it here.

"I came from Baltimore to WV to St. Louis, so I never had grand weather love this all year round," Austin said. "That'south a plus. You can always be working out. I'm really thankful for it."

Quinn'south wife is a Californian who went to college in Los Angeles, so he's more Golden State information than most of his teammates.

"My only concern is really traffic," Quinn said. "We have a responsibility to be somewhere at a certain time ... so that can be stressful when you're finding a space where you wish to obtain settled. We're trying to get that into account. You wish to know how late you can obtain up and still be on time."

The Cowboys' summer residence in Oxnard has two practice fields, tented workout facilities, an equipment room and ample space for meetings. Many Rams employees are working in Oxnard, but the team also has a temporary business office in Agoura Hills — still the far-west suburbs, but closer to the city.

The Rams will keep their own training camp at UC Irvine, well S of Los Angeles, in July after the Cowboys arrive in Oxnard. The Rams will move back to far-west Ventura County for the regular season, training out of a temporary complex at Cal Lutheran Univ in Thousand Oaks while the team figures out the site of its permanent training home.

While their palatial new stadium rises in Inglewood, they'll spend Sundays for the following three years at the Coliseum, the venerable residence of McDonald'south Trojans, two Olympics, the first Super Bowl and the Rams themselves from 1946-79.

"It'south going to be crazy," McDonald said. "The latest time I played there, I thought for sure was going to be my latest time ever playing there. Guys who have played there, if you ask them, I guarantee it means something special to them just to be in the Coliseum. For me to be able to running out that tunnel again is kind of surreal, but I'll be juiced when I obtain the opportunity."

The Rams' most prominent new teammate hasn't arrived in Oxnard yet, because he won't be chosen until the NFL draft following week. The Rams swung a trade latest week to land the No. one pick, with common manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher leaving small doubt they'll choose a quarterback.

The veterans are excited by the prospect of a game-changing quarterback, even while expressing support for incumbent passers Case Keenum and Nick Foles.

"That'south Fish," Johnson said of the Rams' bold trade. "I believe his process. That first choose is hopefully going to come in and win us some games."

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