Keke Coutee A Game Time Decision, Texans Like Their Wide Out Group for 2019
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans only had a chance to see their top three wide receiver's healthy last season for a small portion of the season. The Texans, when healthy, have their best trio of receivers in team history with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee.
With the Texans season opener less than a few days away, seeing the three together on the field together is already in jeopardy. Coutee injured his ankle in the first preseason game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. The injury was disappointing for many reasons, especially after the strong camp Coutee was putting together to that point.
Coutee hit the field at NRG Stadium on Wednesday allowing Bill O'Brien and other Texans personnel a chance to see him practice in a limited fashion.
O'Brien discussed Coutee's health heading to Monday night.
"I'd say that's touch and go," O'Brien said of Coutee. "He practiced yesterday. He definitely practiced yesterday. So we'll see how it goes today. There's a possibility. Yeah, but he did some decent things in practice today. We'll have to see how it goes today and tomorrow."
O'Brien called the injury to Coutee's ankle a significant one, and they have to weigh the long season and not to rush him back to the field. Coutee is expected to be a game time decision against the Saints.
With Coutee health in question, DeAndre Carter will be called upon to get snaps in the slot. While newly added Kenny Stills continues to learn the offense to get on the field for the season opener.
The biggest plus for the Texans offense is getting back deep threat and one of the most important threats in the offense, Will Fuller. Fuller has been working on getting back from a torn ACL that cut his 2018 season short, but it is no secret how much he means to the offense.
The Texans offense averaged almost 100 yards less last season a game after Fuller went down with his injury. Challenging opposing defenses on how to play their secondary, Fuller's top-end speed opens up not only the passing game but the running game too.
"That's big," O'Brien said of having Fuller healthy heading into week one. " I think to have Will out there. I think we've we've proven when Will has played when we've had a healthy core receivers. That's usually lead to some production."
O'Brien likes how his wide receiver group is stacking up for Deshaun Watson for the 2019 season.
"I think with Hop and Will and DeAndre Carter, Keke, we'll see how he's doing," O'Brien explained, "And then with the addition of Kenny. Kenny has come in here and been, you know, really impressive. So I think that's a good receiving corps."
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