Nsimba Webster

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #14
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #14

Nsimba Webster News

Pops back up on practice squad

The Bears re-signed Webster to the practice squad Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Webster handled a special-teams role for Chicago during the first four games of the season, but the team opted to waive him Tuesday. Sticking around via the practice squad will provide Webster a chance to continue his development with the Bears.

Oct 7, 2021 7:54 AM EST

Waived by Chicago

The Bears waived Webster on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Webster appeared in all four games for the Bears this season in an exclusively special-teams role. The 25-year-old return man became expendable when Chicago acquired Jakeem Grant via trade with the Dolphins.

Oct 5, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Active for Week 2

Webster (hamstring) is listed as active ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.

Analysis: Webster was added to the injury report Friday, but he was still a full participant in practice. The 25-year-old played just six special-teams snaps Week 1 and will likely handle his usual punt-returning duties Sunday.

Sep 19, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Lands on injury report

Webster (hamstring) was added to the injury report Friday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Webster was a full participant in practice Friday, but he is considered questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bengals. If he is unable suit up, Damiere Byrd will likely take over the punt-returning duties.

Sep 17, 2021 11:43 AM EST

Claimed off waivers

The Bears claimed Webster off waivers from the 49ers on Wednesday, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Webster appeared in 21 games with the Rams from 2019-20, in which span he contributed almost exclusively on special teams. He should handle a similar role with the Bears, but Webster will nonetheless remain firmly off the fantasy radar.

Sep 1, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Waived by Niners

The 49ers waived Webster on Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Webster played with the Rams the prior two seasons before getting waived and joining the 49ers. The receiver was dealt plenty of competition from the start and ultimately was unable to make San Francisco's initial 53-man roster. The 25-year-old is considered to be a strong candidate to make the Niners' practice squad if he clears through waivers.

Aug 31, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Nabbed by Niners

The 49ers claimed Webster off waivers from the Rams on Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Webster joins a crowded 49ers receiving corps, where he'll face steep competition for a role on special teams or a practice squad spot. He only handled eight offensive snaps for the Rams in 2020, but took 254 game reps on special teams.

Jul 21, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Waived by Rams

Webster was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Webster was a special teams contributor the past two seasons in Los Angeles, but will now look to compete for a roster spot elsewhere in time for 2021 training camp. He only played eight offensive snaps for the Rams last season.

Jul 20, 2021 5:23 PM EST

Definitely on roster bubble

Webster is expected to compete for a special-teams role with Raymond Calais and 2021 NFL Draft second-round selection Tutu Atwell, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Webster flashed some potential as a receiver last year during training camp, and then he took care of the majority of the kick- and punt-return work for Los Angeles last season. He could have an uphill climb to earning a roster spot after Los Angeles added Atwell in the draft.

May 4, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Limited to special teams

Webster played just eight offensive snaps during the 2020 season.

Analysis: While there were glimpses of receiving potential from the sophomore in training camp, Webster was relegated to punt- and kick-return duty this season. With few fantasy formats rewarding return yardage, the 25-year-old Eastern Washington product was an afterthought in the majority of settings. The Rams will likely bolster their receiving corps through the draft and/or free agency during the offseason, and Webster will probably have to battle to retain his special-teams job next year.

Jan 29, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Working into punt return rotation

Webster is expected to work into the punt returner rotation heading into Week 6, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Webster failed to play a single snap in Week 5, but he did have 20 and 19 kick return yards in Week 1 and 2, respectively. He figures to see more chances on special teams heading into Week 6 against San Francisco.

Oct 12, 2020 9:27 PM EST

Makes 53-man roster

Webster earned a spot on the Rams' 53-man roster, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pegged by most as the favorite to break camp as Los Angeles' fifth receiver, Webster projects to be the primary kick and punt returner this season. The sophomore didn't play an offensive snap last year, but he had a strong offseason and owns plus-speed, so Webster could emerge as a gadget player for head coach Sean McVay. Fantasy managers will probably want to take a wait-and-see approach in most cases, though.

Sep 6, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Scores twice against second team

Webster caught touchdown passes on consecutive plays during red-zone drills while working with the second-team offense against the second-team defense Wednesday, Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Webster is the favorite to break training camp with the Rams as their kick and punt returner, and while there's minimal fantasy value in those roles, his performance Wednesday is encouraging. The sophomore out of Eastern Washington is a diminutive speedster (5-foot-10, 180lbs) who didn't play an offensive snap for the Rams last year, but there's an outside chance he carves out a role as a gadget player for creative head coach Sean McVay. Just note, Webster is firmly behind Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson on the wide receiver depth chart.

Aug 20, 2020 7:39 AM EST

No catches in 2019

Webster returned two kicks for 57 yards and seven punts for 18 yards in five games this season.

Analysis: Webster didn't play an offensive snap this season, exclusively working as a return man during his time on the 53-man roster. The 23-year-old is an exclusive rights free agent for 2020, but he's hardly guaranteed to be tendered a contract by the Rams.

Jan 8, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Back at practice Friday

Webster (concussion) was a full participant at Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Webster looks prepared to suit up Sunday and will likely assume return duties for the Rams. Do not expect his impact to be felt in any other aspects of the game.

Dec 27, 2019 5:05 PM EST

Returns with limited session

Webster (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's a step in the right direction for Webster, although he still has steps remaining to clear the league's concussion protocol. He's been exclusively a return specialist in his four games with the Rams this season.

Dec 26, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Diagnosed with concussion

Webster was listed as a non-participant in the team's estimated practice report Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Webster exited the team's Week 16 contest against the 49ers early with a potential concussion. Wednesday's practice report confirms that he was officially diagnosed with the head injury, potentially jeopardizing his status for the team's Week 17 matchup against the Cardinals.

Dec 25, 2019 11:54 AM EST

Out with potential concussion

Webster left Saturday's loss to the 49ers to be evaluated for a concussion.

Analysis: Webster may have suffered a concussion when he was stonewalled on an attempted punt return during the second half. The 23-year-old returned one kick for 27 yards and two punts for one yard before exiting the contest.

Dec 21, 2019 9:06 PM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Webster (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Webster will serve as a healthy scratch for the second time in as many games. The undrafted rookie out of Eastern Washington played Week 11 against the Bears but stuck to a special-teams role.

Dec 1, 2019 11:54 AM EST

Promoted to Rams' active roster

Webster has been elevated to the Rams' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Webster joined the Rams' practice squad in mid-October. He has been called up partly for receiver depth due to Brandin Cooks (concussion) being sidelined this week and partly because another team recently attempting to sign him. While he does not figure to have an impact on the offense, he could end up playing a role on special teams.

Nov 16, 2019 10:09 AM EST

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