The Keke Coutee Conundrum: Attention To Detail Snares Development

The second-year slot receiver has only 13 catches for 154 yards

Brandon Scott
November 05, 2019 - 2:57 pm

HOUSTON -- Keke Coutee is going to have to work his way back into the rotation of Texans wide receivers.

Coutee has not played his best in 2019, and with the addition and versatility of Kenny Stills, he's found himself to a seldom used weapon for Houston.

The last time Coutee was seen on the field, a Deshaun Watson pass slipped through his hands and into those of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, who secured what amounted to the game-clinching interception against Houston. 

Coutee, while active and dressed for the games, didn't play at all in the last two meetings against Oakland and Jacksonville. 

The second-year slot receiver has only 13 catches for 154 yards and his only touchdown came on a four-yard run against Indianapolis. 

There were high expectations for Coutee after a rookie year that was plagued by a hamstring injury. Then Coutee injured his ankle in the preseason against the Green Bay Packers. 

When asked about Coutee on Tuesday, head coach Bill O'Brien said he's working hard but had "a little bit of a bumpy road" with his preseason injury.

From there, it's been about paying attention to detail in practice and running more precise routes.

"Just talked to him, had a good talk with him. He'll come back ready to go," O'Brien said. "It's a very competitive position. You've got to compete and he competes very hard. But you've got to be very detailed in everything you do on the practice field and he knows that.

"He'll come back ready to play. He's not a guy that can't help us. He can definitely help us. He's helped us in the past and he'll help us in the future."

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