3 LA Rams players from 2020 roster who are already on the bubble
Another player who certainly is aware of the LA Rams’ special teams’ focus throughout the 2021 NFL Draft is KR/WR Nsimba Webster. While he was only lightly used in 2019, he emerged as the Rams primary return specialist in 2020, where he handled both punt and kickoff returns through the year.
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The 5-foot-10 180-pound Webster may have gotten the body of work with the Rams, but that did not seem to translate into a higher proficiency for the team. He was the 16th ranked kick returner in the NFL in 2020, and 13th rank punt returner. Webster did not score in 2020, but he did fumble three times, successfully recovering the fumble twice.
He expanded his role in 2020 to the coverage team, where he did find some success. He accounted for 12 tackles in 2020. It was very clear that the LA Rams were somewhat limited in their ability to focus on and coach up their special teams’ play due to the lack of coach/player direct contact. That undoubtedly played a huge role in the team’s decision to keep Webster in the role for 2020, as he had some experience at that role from 2019.
In 2021, Webster is fighting for his roster spot at several spots. By bringing in Maryland running back Jake Funk, the Rams have an option to go bigger and stronger at the return role. While Webster has a 4.41-second 40-yard time, Funk boasts a 4.43-second 40-yard time, and he has the additional advantage of taking it to the house with every time he touches the ball.
While Webster offered the possibility of stretching the field as a receiver, he never developed into that player. Now, the Rams have added both veteran WR DeSean Jackson and rookie WR Tutu Atwell, both of whom offer their services in the return game, but also a rotational role on the offense as well as a deep-threat.