Houston Texans expect Keke Coutee to be effective with new opportunity

Keke Coutee #16 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Keke Coutee #16 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans expect wide receiver Keke Coutee to form part of the offense moving forward after the bye week.

Wide receiver Keke Coutee has had his fair share of up and downs with the Houston Texans in his second season in the league since being selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Injuries have played a substantial factor early on in his career, and it has led to the results on the field.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle provided insight into how head coach Bill O’Brien has communicated with Coutee his expectations moving forward.

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Coutee dealt with multiple hamstring injuries in his rookie season that limited him to six games in 2018. He finished the first year with the Texans with 28 receptions, 287 receiving yards, and a touchdown reception.

The former Texas Tech receiver hasn’t had much luck his second season in the Texans offense after injuring his ankle in the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers. Coutee has missed the majority of preseason activities in his first two seasons as he has dealt with different injuries that have kept him from really diving into the offense and getting the reps that he needs as a young receiver in the league.

Texans have preferred to utilize DeAndre Carter over Coutee the last couple of games, but Coutee is the clear better option in terms of upside for the offense down the road. The Texans offense is expected to get another boost with Will Fuller having the opportunity to return against the Baltimore Ravens after dealing with a hamstring injury in Week 7.

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Coutee can be a beneficiary of the attention the receivers get at the top of the depth chart from opposing defenses. Talent hasn’t been an issue for the Lufkin native, but he will have to take care of his health, so he can get the reps needed to make a positive impact in the Texans offense.