MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. – Although the Los Angeles Rams are in a hurry to get established in their new home, linebacker Alec Ogletree has an even more pressing deadline.
Ogletree’s wife is pregnant, and her Aug. 2 due date falls early in the Rams’ first training camp back on the West Coast.
“We definitely want to get her settled in,” Ogletree said.
The Rams met in Los Angeles for the first time Friday, with roughly 80 percent of the roster attending a voluntary meeting at a hotel several kilometers from the building site of their palatial new Inglewood stadium, which will open in 2019.
The Rams are moving back to Southern California after 21 years in St. Louis, and they’ve got plenty of work to do before their regular-season kickoff at the Coliseum in six months.
“We’re not technically here yet,” Ogletree said. “We’re still in the process of moving out here. But today, being out here, it’s exciting learning about everything we need to do and how everything is going to go.”
The meeting included information for the players on where the team will prepare for the 2016 season. The team is still sorting out many details of the move, including the location of their regular-season training complex.
“It was a bucket load of information,” quarterback Case Keenum said.
Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams will hold organized team activities next month in Oxnard, California, a coastal town about 95 km west of downtown Los Angeles. Training camp will likely take place at UC Irvine, 65 km south of L.A. in Orange County.
Owner Stan Kroenke’s franchise is looking at sites around Thousand Oaks — another far-western suburb of L.A. — for its in-season home. The Rams also are thought to be interested in building a permanent training complex in the same area.
The Dallas Cowboys have held their training camp in Oxnard for the last four seasons, so an already-established facility provides one less logistical challenge for the Rams to address.
“It’s an ideal situation for us,” Fisher said. “The Cowboys have been very cooperative.”
The Rams staged two days of joint workouts with the Cowboys in the complex last August, so there is some familiarity in a new environment.