Early Texans bubble watch after 2020 NFL Draft additions

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3. Keke Coutee, Wide Receiver

After being out of sorts it seemed in his second season with the Houston Texans, it appears that wide receiver Keke Coutee could be on his way out of Houston sometime before the start of the 2020 season, and that would be a shame.

The Texans news last season was why isn’t Coutee playing on days when he was a healthy inactive player, and why isn’t he getting the chances needed to make the Texans a better team? During his rookie season, Coutee had too many injuries to rely upon in one season, but when he did play, he was an exciting addition to the team.

In ’18 as a rookie, Coutee only played in six regular-season games as he battled hamstring issues. That season though, when he played, he totaled 22 receptions for 254 yards, with four receptions of 20-plus yards, and one of those being a 51-yard reception. For that season, Coutee averaged 11.6 yards per reception.

The playoffs his rookie season saw Coutee have a very nice game where he totaled 11 receptions on 14 targets for 110 yards and one touchdown.

Yes, injuries have hampered the early career of Coutee, and it feels like the Texans are thinking about replacing him with the likes of Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and even rookie fifth-round pick Isaiah Coulter in the mix at slot receiver.

Coutee has had a couple big games during his short career with the Texans, and maybe Bill O’Brien doesn’t think he can depend on the wide receiver, but if he can stay healthy, Coutee must stay on the roster because he does have big-play ability.

The feeling though is he’s near the bottom of the depth chart and on the roster bubble this offseason.