Running back Sony Michel admitted he felt surprised after being traded from the New England Patriots to the Los Angeles Rams. This week, the Patriots sent Michel to the Rams in an exchange for a 2022 sixth-round draft pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick that are not conditional "I was surprised," Michel said about being traded, per ESPN.
"I would assume that most people, when they're traded, they're surprised a little bit." Michel, who was drafted by the Patriots in the 2018 NFL draft, changed teams for the first time in his career. "Last two days kind of just been, the best way I can put it is football terminology, sudden change," Michel said.
"It's like, something suddenly happens and you just got to get ready to kind of execute. Not much time could be wasted. Just kind of got to get up, get ready to go and kind of get adjusted, acclimated with the new adjustment."
Rams coach happy to have Michel
"It was an opportunity to acquire a really good player that's had a lot of success," McVay said. "We feel good about the running back situation, but some of the volatility of what Darrell has gone through, even just throughout the course of camp, wanted to make sure you got somebody else that's played in big-time games."
The Rams are hoping Michel will be ready to contribute from Day 1 and be ready for season opener. "Everything I've heard about Sony and the way that he's wired mentally and just the way that he goes about his business, I do anticipate him being a quick study," McVay said.
"The goal is to have him ready to go and be a big-time contributor on the 12th." Michel is keen on quickly learning the Rams offense. "That's the big goal, that's the big question," Michel said when asked how quickly he could pick up the offense and the playbook.
"That's my goal to dive in and learn as much as I can and try to stay on it and just keep learning. That's all I can do right now." Recently, a joint Rams and Las Vegas Raiders practice was called off early after a brawl.
"We only had a little bit left, so felt like the best decision, just based on the temperature of the situation, was bag the last eight plays in the team period that we had," Rams head coach Sean McVay said.