Nsimba Webster

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

Nsimba Webster News

Remains with Bears

The Bears signed Webster to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Webster spent most of the 2021 season on the Bears' practice squad and will now remain with the club heading into the offseason. He played mainly on special teams across his six regular-season appearances in 2021.

Jan 11, 2022 2:04 PM EST


Reverts back to practice squad

Webster reverted to the Bears' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Webster was called up for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but he played exclusively on special teams. He logged one tackle on kick coverage across 12 special-team snaps and will now return to Chicago's practice squad.

Dec 28, 2021 11:01 AM EST



Bumps up to active roster

Webster was elevated to Chicago's active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Webster was also elevated last week against the Vikings but played just six offensive snaps. The undrafted free agent has primarily been special teams depth throughout his three-year career.

Dec 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST


Returns to practice squad

Webster reverted to the Bears' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Webster was called up for Monday's game against the Vikings, but he played just one offensive snap and six snaps on special teams in the loss. He logged a tackle in kick coverage but will now return to Chicago's practice squad.

Dec 22, 2021 7:11 AM EST


Elevated to active roster

Webster was elevated from the Bears' practice squad ahead of Monday's game against the Vikings, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Webster will provide additional depth at wide receiver Monday since Allen Robinson (undisclosed) is unavailable and Marquise Goodwin (foot) is doubtful. Webster appeared in the first four games of the season and played exclusively on special teams.

Dec 20, 2021 2:12 PM EST



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


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