In a Rams news cycle dominated by the injury to Cam Akers, the Los Angeles Rams have made a roster move. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, the Rams have cut wide receiver and punt returner Nsimba Webster.
The Rams waived WR Nsimba Webster, who was in a punt returner/ST role for them last season.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 20, 2021
The surprise isn’t necessarily that Nsimba Webster was cut. The surprise is only that Webster didn’t make it to training camp. This actually might end up benefitting Webster. If the Rams didn’t see a future with him on the roster, he’ll have the opportunity to join another team and compete for a roster spot.
Webster wasn’t competing for a spot at wide receiver. If Webster made the roster, it simply would have been as a punt returner. That’s where he played last season, but was disappointing. At times the team put Cooper Kupp back to return punts as someone they could trust.
In two years Webster had four fumbles and simply wasn’t someone that the coaching staff could trust confidently. Due to his inability too contribute as a wide receiver this is a move that made sense for both sides.
Earlier in the offseason, Joe DeCamillis said that they would give Webster a look and let him compete. In his opening presser, he didn’t sound committed to moving on from Nsimba Webster. However, he didn’t sound committed to him either. Apparently Webster didn’t make much of a strong impression during OTA’s
The Rams will now be relying on TuTu Atwell, DeSean Jackson, and potentially Jeremiah Haydel as punt returners. Atwell will be the favorite, but Jackson provides veteran experience and Haydel was one of the nation’s best returners last season.
Webster was signed to the Rams in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington. He finishes his Rams career with 203 total punt return yards and 404 total kick return yards.