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Random Ramsdom: Amidst ‘new experiences’ and challenges, Matthew Stafford is ‘focused on football’

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The first round of Los Angeles Rams player press appearances happened yesterday as the quarterbacks and rookies reported for camp.

Here are some of the takeaways.

Matthew Stafford on new challenges:

“It’s a bunch of new experiences for me,” Stafford said. “Where we’re playing, where I’m living, my teammates, coaching staff, all that is new for me, so it’s definitely invigorating and a challenge for me. Something I’m looking forward to.”

Earnest Brown IV on learning from Aaron Donald:

“I want to make sure to get as much knowledge from him as possible,” Brown said. “One of the greatest of all time.”

Robert Rochelle on learning from Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams:

“I was working with Darious one day, and he was just telling me, working on pad level, how I change direction and my eyes,” Rochell said. “Keying back into things like that, little things that make a difference in a pass breakup, in an interception. Looking at a guy who made multiple plays throughout the year, and just taking that advice and growing with it and accepting it and listening to him. That was probably the biggest thing I’m harping on, for real.”

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Top takeaways from Matthew Stafford and Rams rookies’ training camp arrival pressers (Rams.com)

Five players to watch on offense as training camp opens (Rams.com)

Tutu Atwell trained with Teddy Bridgewater, sees him as a mentor (Rams Wire)

Rams hire former NFL writer Andy Benoit as assistant to Sean McVay (Rams Wire)

NFL NEWS:

Deshaun Watson reports to Texans training camp Sunday, still seeks trade (NFL.com)

Browns WR Odell Beckham noncommittal about return, but says knee is ‘feeling great’ (NFL.com)

Chandler Jones unhappy over contract, requests trade from Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)

Minnesota Vikings add depth to wide receiver corps, sign veteran Dede Westbrook (ESPN)