When Could Newly Activated Rookie Make Texans Debut?
HOUSTON - Unusual circumstances have led to his activation, but the Houston Texans are placing their fifth-round pick, Isaiah Coulter, on the active roster. He takes the place of offensive lineman Max Scharping who is headed to the reserve-COVID-19 list.
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A neck injury in training camp landed Coulter on injured reserve delaying his debut. The rookie out of Rhode Island was the 171st overall selection in this year's draft. He was the last pick in the small five-player draft class for Houston.
He plays primarily outside wide receiver and showcased plenty of talent at Rhode Island. Often described as raw by draft evaluators, Coutler impressed in limited opportunities against Power Five competition. He's long and speedy with good body control.
"There’s definitely a chance he can contribute to this team," wide receiver coach John Perry said. "His development has been outstanding. He's got a lot of very valuable traits that we can use and utilize when he does get the opportunity."
While he is active, the numbers game doesn't favor Coulter being active on gameday just yet. Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills handle the majority of the snaps outside. Randall Cobb has been the primary slot presence all season. Coulter has only recently started to practice with the team too.
A spot could free up for him soon should the team trade one of their veterans. It would allow Coulter to be active but ease into any reps the team had for him on gameday.
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While his prospects to play and help in the new few weeks are slim, Coulter could absolutely be a factor as he continues to improve. Perry was complimentary of Coulter's work ethic while on injured reserve and his short time practicing after he was designated to return from injured reserve.
Sure, he's a late-round selection from a small school. But can Texans fans anticipate another debut this season from a hopeful contributor in the years to come?
Perry thinks so.
"Yeah,'' he said. "I'd be excited about Isaiah."