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Keke Coutee

Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #16
Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #16
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Keke Coutee News

Joining Indy's practice squad

Coutee is signing with the Colts' practice squad, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old slot receiver went unclaimed after the Texans waived him Tuesday. The Colts swooped in with a practice squad offer, likely taking note after Coutee caught 13 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown in two games against them last season. He also had a 100-yard game against Indianapolis in his NFL debut back in Week 4 of 2018.

Sep 1, 2021 11:15 AM EST


Waived by Houston

Coutee has been waived by the Texans, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In the wake of the team's initial roster cut-downs, the Texans' wideout corps includes Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, Nico Collins Anthony Miller and return specialist Andre Roberts. While it's a bit of surprise that Coutee was waived Tuesday, the 2018 fourth-rounder has had a tough time staying on the field during his pro career and might benefit from a change of scenery.

Aug 31, 2021 4:12 PM EST



Pair of grabs in preseason victory

Coutee secured both of his targets for 29 yards in the Texans' 20-14 preseason win over the Cowboys on Saturday night.

Analysis: Coutee tied with multiple players for the team lead in receptions on the night in a solid showing by preseason standards. The oft-injured fourth-year wideout appears to have an inside track for No. 3 receiver duties heading into the final week of preseason considering Anthony Miller (shoulder) may not be ready to play until Week 2.

Aug 22, 2021 7:00 AM EST


Opportunity knocks Saturday

Coutee caught two of five targets for 21 yards in Saturday's 26-7 win over Green Bay in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Coutee may have caught a big break in his competition for the top spot at slot receiver, as his main competitor, Anthony Miller, suffered what is initially reported to be a "slight dislocation" of the shoulder, per Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site. Whatever "slight" may mean, Miller could miss practice time and allow Coutee to establish a rapport with presumptive starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Aug 15, 2021 7:48 AM EST


Second behind Conley

Coutee is listed as second behind Chris Conley on the unofficial depth chart, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Texans' depth chart did not make any allowances for slot receivers, so Coutee and Anthony Miller are listed at wide receiver. Miller is behind Brandin Cooks. Coutee and Miller are expected to primary play in the slot, so either one could get ample work in Houston's three-wide formations.

Aug 11, 2021 4:17 PM EST



Developing chemistry with Taylor

Coutee has emerged as a favored target for quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the first week of training camp, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coutee was handed an opportunity when the Texans traded Randall Cobb to the Packers, removing one impediment to playing time in the slot. He's taken advantage, but things may change as recent addition Anthony Miller, another receiver with heavy usage in the slot, gets comfortable with the new offense. Thus far in camp, Coutee has received as many snaps with Taylor as Miller has, if not more.

Aug 6, 2021 5:54 AM EST


Competing with Cobb for slot work

Coutee and Randall Cobb are the main candidates for slot snaps in Houston this season, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee got some perimeter work late last season when Houston's WR group was decimated by injuries, but he's otherwise been a slot specialist throughout his pro career, much like the 30-year-old Cobb. It is possible one of the two could get more playing time on the outside this year, considering Chris Conley and rookie third-round pick Nico Collins look like the best bets for the starting job across from Brandin Cooks. In terms of the slot role, Coutee won't have it easy trying to dispatch Cobb, whose $8.25 million base salary is fully guaranteed. On the other hand, Coutee did have 362 receiving yards over the final five weeks of 2020, and he's only 24 years old as he enters the last season of his rookie contract.

Jul 22, 2021 7:26 AM EST


Finishes season strong

Coutee caught six of seven targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Coutee was on the receiving end of two long plays: a 42-yard catch in the first quarter and a 29-yard reception in the final minute of the game that set up Houston's final score. The 23-year-old wide receiver resuscitated a moribund career during the second half of the season when injuries and personnel decisions opened an opportunity for him. Over the final seven games, Coutee caught 31 of 38 targets for 389 yards (12.5 YPC) with three touchdowns. There was still an issue with fumbles, but Coutee's contributions was one of the few positives the Texans experienced in 2020. The 2018 fourth-round draft pick has one year left on his contract and gave the new regime -- a new head coach and general manager is the first order of business during the offseason -- something to consider as they construct the team for the 2021 season.

Jan 4, 2021 2:38 AM EST


Cleared for Week 17 action

Coutee (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: After following up limited practices Wednesday and Thursday with a full workout Friday, Coutee looks to be in the clear to handle his usual starting role in the season finale. Interim head coach Romeo Crennel hasn't suggested that any of the team's healthy players will be rested as the 4-11 Texans close out their season, so look for Coutee to remain a key part of the passing attack. Over his last four outings, Coutee has played no fewer than 63 percent of the Texans' offensive snaps, turning in a 21-272-2 line on 24 targets during that span.

Jan 1, 2021 12:54 PM EST


Limited Wednesday

Coutee (foot) was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Houston conducted a walkthrough, but Coutee would have been limited had the team held a practice session. The slot receiver was also limited by a foot injury last Wednesday but returned to full practice participation by Thursday. If Coutee follows a similar pattern this week, he should shed his injury label in time to help the Texans play spoiler against the playoff hopeful Titans in Sunday's season finale.

Dec 30, 2020 1:23 PM EST


Makes five grabs in loss

Coutee brought in all five targets for 54 yards in the Texans' 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He also committed a fumble but it was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Coutee checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets to Brandin Cooks, serving as a dependable complementary option for Deshaun Watson in the high-scoring loss. The third-year speedster has been solid since Randall Cobb (IR-toe) and Will Fuller (suspension) were sidelined, posting a 21-272- 2 line over his last four contests. Coutee will look to finish off the campaign in strong fashion at the expense of the Titans in a Week 17 divisional battle.

Dec 27, 2020 2:39 PM EST


Returns to full practice

Coutee (foot) returned to a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: Coutee was limited Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for him to be out there Sunday against the 3-10-1 Bengals. With the Texans wide receiver corps having thinned out as the season has progressed, Coutee's settled into a steady enough role to merit fantasy lineup consideration over the past five weeks. In that span, he's caught 20 of 26 targets for 245 yards to go along with three TDs.

Dec 24, 2020 3:14 PM EST


Limited to start week

Coutee (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The Texans may simply be taking a cautious approach to Coutee's health, given the team's worrying lack of depth at the wide receiver position. The third-year pro logged a costly fumble during last weekend's loss to the Colts, but interim coach Romeo Crennel has already made clear that Coutee will be back on the field Week 16 versus the Bengals. He's either scored or exceeded 100 yards in each of Houston's last three games.

Dec 23, 2020 2:49 PM EST


Needs to shake off fumble

Coutee will be back on the field Week 16 against the Bengals after his fumble cost the Texans a chance to upset the Colts last week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Well, he has to shake it off and move forward because he has to play next week," Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel said.

Analysis: Unlike earlier in the season when Coutee's fumble against the Ravens was returned for a touchdown -- a mistake that resulted in a benching for several weeks under former head coach Bill O'Brien -- the third-year wideout will be back on the field Sunday. Coutee has been a regular member of the wideout rotation the last five weeks due to injuries and personnel decisions, catching 20 of 26 targets for 245 yards (12.3 YPC, 49.0 YPG) with three touchdowns. Houston's Week 16, the Jets, rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.

Dec 22, 2020 3:11 AM EST


Has costly fumble

Coutee recorded five receptions on seven targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Colts.

Analysis: Coutee saw the majority of his volume in the first half, when he hauled in three receptions for 31 yards. Even so, he played a key role in the Texans' comeback effort by recording a nine-yard touchdown that knotted the game at 20 midway through the fourth quarter. Coutee appeared poised to re-tie the game on the Texans' following drive, though he was stripped of the ball at the two-yard line to clinch the Colts' victory. Despite the error, Coutee should continue to get plenty of looks in Week 16 against Cincinnati.

Dec 20, 2020 5:40 PM EST


Salvages day with TD

Coutee (knee) brought in all three targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: With Brandin Cooks' (foot/neck) absence leading to Deshaun Watson being without his top three receivers from the beginning of the season -- Will Fuller (suspension) and Randall Cobb (IR-toe) were also unavailable -- the opportunity for a significant workload appeared to be there for Coutee. However, that ultimately failed to materialize, with Coutee checking in behind all of Jordan Akins, Steven Mitchell and Chad Hansen in targets. His five-yard touchdown grab midway through the second quarter did salvage the day for fantasy managers counting on Coutee in their postseason contests, but they'll hope for much better all-around production in a Week 15 divisional matchup versus the Colts.

Dec 13, 2020 2:52 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Coutee (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: The Texans' already-depleted wide receiver corps will also be without Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) on Sunday, so as long as Coutee avoids any-in-game setbacks, he figures to be a focal part of the team's Week 14 passing attack, with Chad Hansen also in line to see expanded opportunities.

Dec 13, 2020 8:36 AM EST


On track for Week 14

Coutee (knee), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday at Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old received the questionable tag despite putting in full practice sessions Thursday and Friday, so it's no surprise he's likely to suit up versus the Bears. Coutee erupted with eight catches for 141 yards last week and should continue to see a significant snap share given the recent thinning of Houston's receiving corps. Fellow wideout Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) is also expected to play despite being labeled questionable.

Dec 12, 2020 9:06 PM EST


Practices fully, listed as questionable

Coutee (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: As is fellow wideout Brandin Cooks (foot/neck), who was limited as practice this week. However, given that Coutee was listed as full practice participant both Thursday and Friday after logging a limited session Wednesday, we suspect that he should be a go for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. With the Texans' receiving corps having thinned out of late, Coutee, who caught eight of his nine targets for 141 yards in a Week 13 loss to the Colts, should continue to be buys this weekend, assuming he suits up.

Dec 11, 2020 1:45 PM EST


Back to full practice

Coutee (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Fellow wideout Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) remained limited Thursday, but Coutee's full practice paves the way for him to suit up Sunday against the Bears. With the depth of Houston's receiving corps taxed by the suspension of Will Fuller, the release of Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb (toe) remaining on IR, Coutee, who caught eight of his nine targets for 141 yards in a Week 13 loss to the Colts, should continue to be a key cog in the Texans' passing attack this weekend.

Dec 10, 2020 3:20 PM EST


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