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Rams' McVay: Akers to be 'central figure in this offense'

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said running back Cam Akers will have a prominent role in the Rams' offense next season.

"He's really capitalized on a lot of the momentum he built up toward the latter part of the year," McVay told "Mad Dog Sports Radio," according to Cameron DaSilva of RamsWire. "And he's going to be a huge part of what we're doing moving forward."

Akers only played in 36% of the Rams' offensive snaps in the first five games. He missed the next two contests due to personal reasons and reportedly had philosophical and football-related differences with McVay.

Los Angeles put Akers on the trade block in October but turned down multiple offers for him.

The Florida State product dressed for the Rams' final 10 games of the season and played all of their offensive snaps in Week 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.

"He's had a great offseason. I love the rapport that he's established with Ron Gould, our new running backs coach," McVay said. "Cam is going to be a central figure in this offense. I think he's priming himself to have a great year.

"I've loved what Kyren Williams has done in that running backs room. But Cam is a stud."

The Rams selected running back Zach Evans in the sixth round of the draft and have second-year Williams on the depth chart.

Akers is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has 1,664 total yards on 365 touches in 29 career games.

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