New Rams cornerback Kayvon Webster has mainly been a special teams player for Denver in his first four years in the NFL. And while he won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos, Webster has long felt that he can be more than just a role player.
And so when he decided to sign with the Rams, the first call he made was to his mother.
"She just knows what I've been through," Webster said in a recent interview with therams.com. "She knows the type of player I've been throughout my career. Not that I want to say in the NFL [Not just in the NFL], but just playing football. She knows that I'm a hard worker. I take it very seriously. And I pride myself in being known as one of the top ones."
Someone with a dynamic and engaging personality, Webster talked of wanting to become a star for the Rams. He said he knew about the talent already assembled on the club's defense, particularly that of starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
But defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' presence on the coaching staff was perhaps the most significant factor in bringing Webster to Los Angeles.
"My coach came from Denver. He expressed the want that the Rams had for me," Webster said, referring to Phillips. "And I took that into consideration, stepped out on faith, and I'm ready to come in and compete for a starting job."
"He's a legend in itself," Webster continued on Phillips. "His dad was a great. He's a great. And he accommodates the players' attributes — what they do best."
Though his on-field contributions mainly came through special teams, Webster says he still picked up plenty from being in the position room with some of the league's best cornerbacks like Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Aquib Talib, and Chris Harris — particularly how they approach the game.
"They study. They communicate with their guys. They just have fun playing the game," Webster said. "I'm thankful that I was under them. But it's time for me to take a new step and welcome a new era."
But the enjoyment of playing football is ingrained in Webster for good.
"Can't play this game if you're not having fun," Webster said. "It's going to suck the life out of you. It's going to make you retire early. And this is the game I've been playing since I was six. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get paid to do it. And I love it."
While the Rams' offseason program does not begin for another few weeks, Webster said he could feel a sense of urgency among the staff to develop a winning program during his visit.
"I think that's why they brought me in, Webster said. "This is our second year out here. It's time to turn it up a notch. I think we went 4-12 last year — definitely got to have a great turnaround. So that's why they made some upgrades.
"They brought in coach Wade. Coach Wade brought Thad [Bogardus, defensive quality control coach] from Denver with him as well. And he brought me in as well, too. So we see a change already with three people coming in from the same organization," Webster added. "So you can see that everybody's serious about winning."
That's why Webster said he's "super excited" to be a Ram.
"I'm here to prove everybody that believes in me right," Webster said. "I'm ready to work."