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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: WR Nsimba Webster ready to roar past the competition

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The EWU standout is agile and athletic, but is it enough to stand out in an all but set position group?

NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams love the Eastern Washington Eagles. With the addition of WR Nsimba Webster and ILB Ketner Kupp (yes, younger brother of THAT Kupp), the Rams continue to boast the highest concentration of EWU Eagles in the NFL.

And there’s good reason.

The two EWU players the Rams drafted, WR Cooper Kupp and OLB Samson Ebukam, are now key starters. In Kupp’s case especially, he’s an integral part of the offense, and his absence was definitely felt at the end of last season.

So with the pedigree laid out for EWU Eagles on the Rams and based on the standout performance from Webster’s senior year — going for over 1,300 yards, averaging almost 17 yards per reception, and 11 touchdowns — there’s some intrigue here perhaps higher than your average undrafted free agent rookie.

Roster Battle

There are ten receivers on the 90-man roster right now. Last season, three receivers, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Robert Woods and WR Cooper Kupp, carried the majority of the workload until Kupp’s unfortunate injury. At that point, WR KhaDarel Hodge and WR Josh Reynolds had to step up. Throughout the season, the Rams carried six wide receivers on the roster.

I don’t see us carrying more than six wide receivers or perhaps seven if they decide to split the kick returning/punt returning duties rather than have WR JoJo Natson do both this season.

So Webster will have to compete for that deep backup roster spot, or hope to share returning duties with JoJo.

Expectations

I am confident that Webster will show us what made him such a stand out athlete at EWU and all the flashes that made General Manager Les Snead go after him when the 2019 NFL Draft finished. Personally, I believe he has the ability to steal the a spot from either Reynolds or Hodge. But as is often the case here as it was with Ebukam, it’s all dependent on his ability to make the transition from small college ball to the NFL.

Chances of making the final roster (7/10)

He has his work cut out for him.

The starting three spots at his position are all but set in stone. His talent and athleticism will make him stand out from the pack, however, and more than likely earn him a spot either as a backup to the Holy Receiving Trinity or on special teams as a returner.