Rams News: LA Bets Big on Steve Avila as New Offensive Line Leader

rams news: la bets big on steve avila as new offensive line leader

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Steve Avila's transition to center could be pivotal for the Los Angeles Rams this season. The team has made several changes, but Avila's new role stands out. After playing all 17 games at guard last year, the Rams have decided to move him to center.

"Avila, a second-round pick in 2023, played well at left guard as a rookie," Gary Klein wrote in The Los Angeles Times. "The Rams opted not to re-sign center Coleman Shelton, believing Avila could handle the added responsibilities of directing the entire line. Avila utilized his size and displayed his intelligence and personality during offseason workouts. But that was without pads, contact or real game speed."

This shift is significant as Avila will now be responsible for snapping the ball to quarterback Matthew Stafford. His performance in this role will be crucial for the Rams' offensive line stability.

Avila is not new to the center position; he played it during his college career at TCU, where he was a key player for the Horned Frogs. His size and versatility make him a valuable asset, and early indications suggest he is adapting well to the change.

Head coach Sean McVay has praised Avila's progress, noting his ability to handle multiple positions on the offensive line. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 332 pounds, Avila's physical presence is undeniable.

As the Rams look to improve this season, much will depend on Avila's ability to anchor the offensive line from his new position. His success could be a determining factor in the team's overall performance.

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