Return specialists who likely won’t return
11 – When the LA Rams reports of their first roster cuts, I truly did not expect to see Greg Dortch on that list. After all, he is a player with experience for the LA Rams in the return game who was a player who could contribute on both special teams and on the offense. He was an infrequent return specialist for the Carolina Panthers and was one of nine players signed to the team’s future reserve contract in January 2020.
While he was just 5-foot-7 and weighed 173-pounds, he did play in two games for the Carolina Panthers. He returned four punts for 28 yards and 5 kickoffs for 119 yards. He failed to score, but that is not uncommon for a return specialist with limited action. What seemed unusual is the Rams adding a player to the roster for the return game, only to cut him before he ever touched the football. 2020 is an unusual year for football, that’s for sure!
Meanwhile, Webster waits for word
10- With the release of Dortch, the likelihood of the team bringing back Nsimba Webster seems to have diminished dramatically. After all, Nsimba Webster was an undrafted player signed in 2019 and saw limited action through 2019. In five games, he returned seven punts for 18 yards and two kickoffs for 57 yards. Those numbers are less than those of Dortch. While Webster did chalk up those stats for the LA Rams, the team has parted ways with both Greg Dortch and Jojo Natson. Webster is the logical next cut.
Webster hails from the same Alma Mater as teammate Cooper Kupp. As such, there has always been the hope for his development into a change of pace wide receiver who can specialize in the return game. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 180 pounds, he never seemed to elevate his game enough for that role. There is always the chance that the Rams look to prune elsewhere. But the recent trend is not promising for Nsimba Webster surviving the next roster cuts.