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Keke Coutee

Keke Coutee

Wide Receiver #16
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 181 lb.
Born:January 14, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (103)
Draft Team:HOU

Keke Coutee: Stuck on roster bubble?

Coutee appears to be on the roster bubble after the Texans signed Randall Cobb and traded for Brandin Cooks, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The combination of Cooks and Cobb is no match for DeAndre Hopkins in terms of quality, but the two-in, one-out offseason plan does create a tougher numbers game further down the depth chart. While a trade could eventually free up the logjam, Houston's current roster construction hints at Coutee and DeAndre Carter competing for the fifth wide receiver spot, behind Cooks, Cobb, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills (in some uncertain order). Carter worked ahead of Coutee late last season, even serving as Houston's No. 3 receiver when Fuller missed a wild-card playoff game.

April 15, 2020 7:22 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Likely to cede slot snaps to Cobb

Coutee's path to seeing regular work out of the slot in 2020 appears to have taken a hit after the Texans signed Randall Cobb to a three-year, $27 million deal last week, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While he won't be anything close to a one-for-one replacement for DeAndre Hopkins, Cobb in combination with fellow wideouts Will Fuller and Kenny Stills and newly acquired running back David Johnson are currently in line to pick up most of the targets that became available when the four-time Pro Bowler was dealt to Arizona. That leaves Coutee as no better than the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, and when the three players ahead of him in the pecking order are all available, he could be at risk of being a healthy inactive due to his inability to contribute on special teams, After flashing some promise as a rookie, Coutee has since moved into coach Bill O'Brien's doghouse and could probably use a fresh start elsewhere.

March 23, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Suits up but doesn't play

Coutee dressed but did not play in Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Coutee finished out the season being a healthy inactive or a DNP in six of the final eight games, including the two postseason contests. A promising, if injury marred, rookie season turned sour in 2019, as head coach Bill O'Brien lost confidence in the Texas Tech product. Coutee finished with 22 catches (36 targets) and rushed for a touchdown. He has another two years remaining on his contract, but the Texans will return all of their current crop of wideouts except DeAndre Carter. That leaves Coutee as a fourth wideout at best entering the offseason.

January 12, 2020 8:35 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Dresses but doesn't play

Coutee was on the active roster for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills but did not play.

Analysis: Will Fuller V (groin) was inactive, but Coutee watched DeAndre Carter (55 snaps, 80 percent) handle the third wide receiver role in Houston's playoff victory. It was the seventh time in the last 10 games that Coutee did not play, including three games in which he suited up but did not get off the bench. The Texans are hopeful Fuller will be available for next Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

January 5, 2020 7:34 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Out once more

Coutee (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: With Will Fuller (hamstring) active, Coutee will be relegated to the bench for a second consecutive week as the Texans will have just four wide receivers -- DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller, Kenny Stills and DeAndre Carter -- available Saturday in a pivotal postseason-clinching contest against the Buccaneers.

December 21, 2019 8:35 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Back to inactive list

Coutee (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: While Will Fuller (hamstring) was sidelined in the Week 14 loss to Denver, Coutee handled a regular role in three-receiver sets, playing 71 percent of the offensive snaps and finishing with five catches for 68 yards on eight targets. Unfortunately, the second-year wideout's otherwise strong stat line was blemished by a lost fumble that Denver returned for a touchdown. With Fuller back in action Sunday, the Texans will keep return man DeAndre Carter active as their fourth receiver over Coutee, who doesn't contribute on special teams.

December 15, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Loses fumble in return

Coutee caught five of eight targets for 68 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Coutee's fumble was a costly one, as it was returned for a touchdown by Denver's defense. He finished second to DeAndre Hopkins in receiving yards, coming up four yards short of his Week 5 season high. Depending on how the coaching staff views his fumble, Coutee's in danger of being relegated to a healthy scratch, which was the case in the two games preceding this one.

December 8, 2019 2:03 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Back in action Sunday

Coutee is active for Sunday's game against the Broncos after being a healthy scratch the last two weeks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee will re-enter the mix Sunday, with Will Fuller out with a hamstring injury. He figures to to work behind DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills, a context that makes Coutee a Week 14 dart in PPR formats.

December 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Likely to suit up Sunday

Coutee could see regular work alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Texans with Will Fuller (questionable, hamstring) considered unlikely to play, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: A healthy inactive the past two weeks following Fuller's return to the lineup, Coutee should get the opportunity to dress in Week 14 after Fuller's hamstring issue nagged him in practices Wednesday through Friday. While DeAndre Carter suited up ahead of Coutee the past two weeks, his main value to Houston comes on special teams. Coutee represents an upgrade from Carter in the slot, so the second-year wideout should have a chance to put himself back on the map in what's been a disappointing campaign. With the Broncos likely to have top cornerback trailing Hopkins for most of the day, Stills and Coutee could end up drawing more targets than expected.

December 8, 2019 7:44 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Inactive Sunday

Coutee is inactive for Sunday's night's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Now that Will Fuller is back in the mix, it looks like it's going to take an injury to either DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller or Kenny Stills for Coutee to find his way back on to the Texans' active list.

December 1, 2019 4:16 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Back to inactive list

Coutee (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Will Fuller's (hamstring) return from a three-game absence looks like it will be enough to bump Coutee to the inactive list, as Houston will go with four wideouts in Week 12. Though Coutee played 44 offensive snaps to DeAndre Carter's four in Sunday's loss to Baltimore, the latter's standing as the team's top return man allowed him to maintain an active status over Coutee.

November 21, 2019 3:56 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Watson a fan

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said he's pleased to see Coutee back on the field following a two-game benching, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee had a rough stretch during which he dropped a pass that was intercepted in a loss to the Colts and committed mental mistakes that prompted a benching for Weeks 8 and 9. Following the bye week and a good week of practice, Coutee was back on the field for Week 11's loss to Baltimore, when he caught three passes for 25 yards. "It's always good to get Keke back out there and get his confidence up," said Watson, who has connected with Coutee for 16 receptions and 179 yards on 25 targets. "You just kind of make sure that he's staying along, staying encouraged and that's what we've been doing. He's definitely going to help us out as we make this run." With Will Fuller (hamstring) questionable for Thursday's match against Indianapolis, Coutee is expected to fill the third wideout role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills.

November 21, 2019 5:31 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Reasons for benching become clear

Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee had done a good job this week in practice of paying greater attention to detail, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee caught three passes for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, his first game action since a Week 7 loss to the Colts. It was during that loss to Indianapolis that Coutee had a costly drop and landed himself in the doghouse. The reason for Coutee's two-game benching was not clear until O'Brien's post-game admission. His good week of practice put him back to third on the depth chart, ahead of DeAndre Carter, as the Texans prepare for a Thursday night showdown at home against the Colts. Coutee's relevance will last as long as it takes Will Fuller (hamstring) is ready to play.

November 17, 2019 7:38 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Trio of catches in Week 11 loss

Coutee secured all three of his targets for 25 yards in the Texans' 41-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Coutee served as the clear No. 3 receiver Sunday with Will Fuller's (hamstring) absence bumping Kenny Stills up to the No. 2 role once again and DeAndre Carter not seeing a target in the contest. Coutee's numbers were modest, however, and he's surpassed 39 receiving yards in just one game this season. The slot receiver will look to put up better numbers against the Colts in a Week 12 Thursday night matchup, but he'll bump down to the No. 4 spot at minimum whenever Fuller returns to action.

November 17, 2019 3:06 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Clawing out of doghouse

Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Coutee "did a good job" in the Texans' practices this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: O'Brien didn't clarify how that relates to his plans for Coutee in Sunday's game against the Ravens, but the second-year wideout would seem to have a good shot at avoiding an inactive status for the third contest in a row. In addition to his apparently positive work in practice, Coutee is aided by the fact that fellow receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) is listed as questionable for the game. Even if Fuller is ultimately ruled out, Coutee would likely rank no better than fourth in the pecking order at receiver behind starters DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills and slot specialist DeAndre Carter.

November 15, 2019 2:01 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Has season-high snap count

Coutee caught four of six targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: With Kenny Stills (hamstring) unavailable for a second straight week, Coutee played a season-high 47 snaps in the win. He's caught seven of 10 targets for 111 yards as Stills' fill-in as the No. 3 wideout. As the Texans prepare for a Week 7 meeting with the division rival Colts, Wednesday's practice session will provide a first read as to whether Coutee or Stills will be third wideout behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

October 14, 2019 4:48 AM EST

Keke Coutee: In line for targets

With Kenny Stills likely to miss Sunday's game, Coutee should have more work against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Coutee had 72 yards on four targets last week and could be in line for a similar role Sunday in what should be a high-scoring contest.

October 13, 2019 4:46 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Capitalizes on Week 5 opportunity

Coutee caught three of four targets for 72 receiving yards during Sunday's 53-32 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: The second-year wideout was thrust into a prominent offensive role with Kenny Stills (hamstring/ankle) being ruled inactive hours before kickoff, and delivered with his greatest receiving output since Week 11 of last season. Coutee showed flashes of fantasy prominence with three performances of five-plus receptions and 50 or more receiving yards as a rookie, but ultimately saw his season derailed by a hamstring injury. Currently standing as the No. 3 or 4 wideout in Houston's offense depending on the status of Stills, Coutee will carry value as long as Deshaun Watson is producing 300-yard, three-touchdown passing outings. That has a strong chance to continue in Week 6 as the Texans take on a Kansas City defense that has surrendered seven touchdown passes coming into Sunday Night Football, with six going to wide receivers.

October 6, 2019 4:36 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Opportunity knocks

With Kenny Stills (hamstring/ankle) inactive, Coutee is expected to see an increased role Sunday against the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee is off to a slow start this season, with just three catches for 18 yards in three games, but he has an opportunity to create some positive momentum in Week 5, with Stills out. He'll work out of the slot Sunday, in conjunction with fellow receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, a context that could garner Coutee a degree of PPR utility Sunday.

October 6, 2019 9:39 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Waiting on Stills

Coutee could receiving increased playing time against the Falcons in Week 5 pending the status of Kenny Stills' hamstring injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Texans are still evaluating the status of Stills, who was removed from Week 4's loss to the Panthers in the second quarter. The deeper into the week this state of uncertainty lingers, the greater the chance for Coutee to become a significant part of Houston's passing attack. He played a season-high 40 offensive snaps (58 percent) with three targets while filling in for Stills against the Panthers.

October 1, 2019 2:42 AM EST

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