Deshaun Watson, Keke Coutee: Can they have success again vs. Colts?
Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee have success when facing the Colts.
The duo of Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee for three of the four games they have faced the Indianapolis Colts together has been on-point and some of the best Houston Texans football in recent memory.
This Sunday the Texans, Deshaun Watson and Coutee will be taking on the Colts for the second time in a three-week span, and this time around the duo of Watson-to-Coutee probably wants to put the final touches on a win the team should have earned back in Week 13.
Just a couple weeks ago Coutee made his first start of the season after the suspension of Will Fuller, and he made the most of it against the Colts. Coutee had eight receptions on nine targets for 141 yards. Though he didn’t have a touchdown, Deshaun Watson found Coutee for a 64-yard completion, as the wide receiver averaged 17.6 yards per reception in the game.
The Watson-to-Coutee duo has played four games against the Colts together, and in facing Indianapolis in Week 15 this Sunday, maybe the fifth time can be just as productive as it was a couple weeks ago.
In all four meetings combined when facing the Colts, Deshaun Watson has targeted Keke Coutee 33 times for a total of 385 yards and one touchdown on a total of 43 targets. The Week 13 game was the highest total yardage game for the duo against Indy. The playoffs back in 2018 is where Coutee totaled 11 receptions for 110 yards on 14 targets, including a touchdown.
When Coutee made his NFL debut on Sept. 30, 2018, the wide receiver had Deshaun Watson passing to him for 11 receptions (14 targets) for a total of 109 yards receiving that game on 15 targets.
There was also the third time Coutee and Watson were a duo against the Colts last season — the season where Bill O’Brien wouldn’t let Coutee have consistent in-game action — as he finished with three catches (five targets) for 25 yards.
Deshaun Watson News: What will duo do this Sunday against the Colts?
Last Sunday when Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans faced the Chicago Bears it wansn’t much to brag about as the Texans lost soundly by a 36-7 score. In that game Deshaun Watson and Keke Coutee combined for three receptions (three targets) for just 24 yards, but Coutee did have a touchdown reception.
What is exciting about this duo is with three games left this season for the Houston Texans all of us — including Watson and Coutee — can see if they are able to take their play to the next level of success and if it can be something that can go into next season.
The Texans — who are 4-9 overall — need to make sure they can keep Coutee on the roster in 2021 as it seems he and Watson have good chemistry on the football field. Coutee still has a lot to prove in his career moving forward, and Deshaun Watson needs to have wide receivers he’s familiar with and trusts on a weekly basis.
Coutee isn’t going to be the second coming of DeAndre Hopkins, but he can become a “security blanket” of sorts for Watson if he continues to play at a good level with success, especially when facing a division rival like the Colts twice a season.
Week 15 will go a long way in deciding the future of the duo that is Deshaun Watson to Keke Coutee, and if success happens again this Sunday, that could be a good sign moving forward into 2021.