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Keke Coutee

Keke Coutee

Wide Receiver #16
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 181 lb.
College:None
Age:23
Born:January 14, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (103)
Draft Team:HOU

Keke Coutee: Sitting out Week 7

Coutee (coach's decision) has been tabbed as inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

Analysis: The 23-year-old lost a fumble during Houston's Week 2 loss to the Ravens, and he hasn't been able to get back in the coaching staff's graces since. Coutee has been a healthy scratch over each of the Texans' four outings since that point, as the team remains deep at the receiver position. There is a possibility Houston makes a deadline move, trading away a WR to bolster another area of the roster. That may be the only situation in which Coutee re-enters the offense in a contributing role this season.

October 25, 2020 9:03 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Makes critical turnover

Coutee caught two of two targets for 11 yards and had a costly fumble in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.

Analysis: Coutee, who was inactive Week 1, got early run when Will Fuller briefly left the game with a hamstring injury. On his second catch, the ball was knocked loose and scooped up by L.J. Fort, who returned the fumble for a touchdown to give Baltimore a 20-7 lead late in the second quarter. That was the turning point of the game; the Ravens were never threatened afterwards. Coutee has been in doghouses before and may not be able to dig himself out of this one.

September 20, 2020 7:55 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Ready to face Ravens

Coutee (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old wideout was held out for Houston's Week 1 matchup against the reigning Super Bowl champions, as he had dealt with a stress fracture in his foot throughout training camp. Coutee has since shown enough to trainers to earn his way onto the field, though his role may be reduced from the one he filled the past two years. Coutee earned 5.1 targets per game between 2018 and 2019, but with Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb joining the receiving crops on top of Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, Coutee may be hard-pressed to match that workload.

September 20, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Not playing Thursday

Coutee (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Thursday at Kansas City.

Analysis: Coutee starts this season much like he ended the 2019 campaign: on the inactive list. Granted, he dealt with a stress fracture in his foot during camp, but the injury didn't impact his practice reps in advance of Week 1. While he dons street clothes Thursday, the Texans will roll with Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills and DeAndre Carter at wide receiver.

September 10, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Makes roster

Coutee has made the Texans' 53-man roster, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: This was not entirely expected after a rough 2019 season for Coutee, who had a lingering ankle injury, dropped passes and concentration issues. He had a mild stress fracture in his foot during this year's camp but returned in time for the final scrimmage. He's one of six receivers the Texans kept.

September 6, 2020 5:16 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Full go at scrimmage

Coutee fully participated in Thursday's scrimmage, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee did a little of everything, lining up at various positions and returning kicks after missing time with a minor stress fracture in his foot. "Keke looked good," O'Brien said Thursday during a Zoom video call. "He was cutting off of his foot and doing some good things. He returned kicks. He played in the slot. He ran reverses." Injuries are nothing new to Coutee, who has missed 17 of 32 career regular season games. The third-year veteran is fighting for fifth on the WR depth chart, which the Texans typically use as a spot for a combination wideout/returner. That means Coutee might be cast off if DeAndre Carter wins the return job.

September 3, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Appears healthy

Coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee has looked good since returning from a foot injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coutee missed about a week of practice in late August while resting a stress fracture in his foot. It's fair to wonder if the issue will pop up again this season, but he apparently didn't have any limitations in Wednesday's practice, as O'Brien noted that the third-year pro was returning kicks, taking reverses and running routes from the slot. With Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills all looking healthy, it's hard to see how Coutee fits in. The Texans might look for a trade, and they could even consider waiving Coutee if other depth receivers are expected to contribute more on special teams.

September 3, 2020 11:29 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Back at practice

Coutee (foot) participated in practice Saturday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coutee is evidently dealing with a minor stress fracture in his foot with an emphasis on the "minor" part considering he was able to participate in Saturday's practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien has stressed he'd like to give Coutee rest in order for the injury to heal so it wouldn't be surprising to see the depth receiver have some planned practices off in the near future.

August 29, 2020 8:26 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Dealing with stress fracture

Coutee has a minor stress fracture in his foot, but the Texans expect the injury to resolve with rest, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: This explains the slot receiver's recent absences from practice, which coach Bill O'Brien had originally downplayed. It sounds like the Texans are optimistic about Coutee being ready for Week 1, though it isn't clear he'll have a significant role in the offense. Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills figure to account for the vast majority of WR snaps.

August 25, 2020 8:17 AM EST

Keke Coutee: Misses another practice

Coutee missed another practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Coutee was merely being rested, but it now seems more likely the slot receiver is dealing with an injury or soreness, considering he's absent from practice for a fifth consecutive day. The 2018 fourth-round pick struggled with hamstring injuries throughout his rookie season, but his seven absences last season mostly were coach's decisions. It's hard to see how Coutee will earn regular snaps in a receiving corps with Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills.

August 24, 2020 8:09 AM EST

Keke Coutee: No practice but no injury

Coutee watched practice from the sideline for a second consecutive day Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee is simply being rested as the team tracks his GPS workload. Coutee has been dogged by injuries during his first two NFL seasons and doesn't have a clear path to consistent snaps at this time. He is expected to resume practicing soon.

August 21, 2020 7:04 PM EST

Keke Coutee: Shows growth in camp

Coutee has impressed Texans head coach Bill O'Brien during training camp with his maturity, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: O'Brien cited the presence of Randall Cobb as a role model for Coutee, who has experienced injuries and mistakes during his two NFL seasons. "Some guys it takes a little longer," O'Brien said during a Zoom video call. "I think the big thing for Keke is health. He's a very confident player, a very good player. I think Randall Cobb has helped him, just watching how Randall Cobb operates, I think that's really helped him." Coutee faces a crowded position group and will not have preseason games to force a move up the depth chart. If the group stays as deep as it is now, he may need to win a job as punt returner to keep his job as a wide receiver.

August 19, 2020 8:06 PM EST

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

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