Texans Expect Keke Coutee to Come Back Ready to Contribute After the Bye Week

Patrick D. Starr

The Houston Texans offense has been making its mark, but it has been without slot wide receiver Keke Coutee. Coutee has been active the past two weeks but has not played a single snap during those games. 

Head coach Bill O'Brien discussed the absence of Coutee from the gameplan. 

"He's working hard," O'Brien started on Coutee. "A little bit of a bumpy road there early on with the injury against Green Bay came back. Just talked to him, had a good talk with him, he'll come back ready to go."

The Texans have opted to play receiver DeAndre Carter at the slot position over Coutee. 

"It's a very competitive position," O'Brien said of the Texans wide receiver group. "You got to compete. He competes, he competes very hard, but you've got to be very detailed on everything you do on the practice field, and he knows that. He will come back ready to play."

Wide receiver coach John Perry talked about Coutee's absence from the gameplan. 

“When he comes to practice, just keep working hard, do the right things in the meetings so that you’re moving forward with what your assignments are, really have it down," Perry said of what Coutee needs to do. "It’s always tricky when you’re in and out, in and out to get your assignments down all the time. He’s really just going to detail his work moving forward and we’re excited. We know he’s helped us in the past. We know he’s going to help us in the future.”

There have been on missed meetings by Coutee for him to fall out of favor in the offense. O'Brien expects Coutee to come back ready to contribute out of the bye week. 

"He's not a guy that can't help us," O'Brien said of Coutee. "He can definitely help us. He's helped us in the past, and he'll help us in the future."

In 2019, Coutee has 13 receptions for 154 yards and a rushing touchdown. 

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