Houston Texans: Keke Coutee to debut in Week 4

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Keke Coutee
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Keke Coutee /

Rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee has finally been cleared medically to make his regular season debut as the Houston Texans will visit Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien announced Friday that Keke Coutee will make his debut this Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts. Coutee — a 2018 fourth round draft selection — will probably be forced into a significant role as the starting slot receiver Bruce Ellington was placed on the IR earlier this week.

With the Texans struggling with health at the wide receiver position, seeing Coutee finally have the opportunity to contribute to the offense will be a welcomed sign. It’ll be interesting to monitor how well he progresses in his first game as he makes the transition from college to the highest level of competitive football.

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In three seasons at Texas Tech, Coutee played in 30 games, totaling 159 receptions for 2,424 yards and 17 touchdowns. Coutee averaged 15.2 yards per reception. In his final season, Coutee also had touchdown on a kickoff return.

Having Coutee back into the fold will diversify the Texans’ offense and give quarterback Deshaun Watson another weapon in the passing game. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller have been the center of attention for opposing defenses, so Coutee will have plenty of space to operate in the middle of the field.

Having capable receivers spread across the field will open the entire field. Watson needs to utilize the entire field and not rely on his boundary receivers all the time. Having Coutee continue to improve and move the ball downfield will put the Texans in a better position to score more points and win games.

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Establishing the passing game early could put the Texans in a better position as opposing defenses will have to dial back on blitzing the quarterback and have to account on defending the pass.