In a memorably spectacular first impact, Texans rookie receiver Keke Coutee flashed brilliance in his initial NFL movement.
In a Week 4 victory in opposition to the Colts, the debuting Coutee hauled in 11 catches for 109 yards.
Coutee conjured up about a other solid performances, nonetheless after his debut, his season largely limped along as he became hampered and in general sidelined by a hamstring rupture.
At common season’s cease, he performed in merely six games with 28 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He became in the lineup for the Texans’ playoff loss to those self same Colts, even though, and showcased his talents over again to the tune of any other 11 grabs for 110 yards and a touchdown.
And now, the 22-year-ragged fourth-round take of Texas Tech has proclaimed himself to be support and healthy.
“The hamstring is accurate. I’m calm resting fairly of bit,” Coutee stated by ability of the Houston Memoir’s Aaron Wilson. “I would possibly originate support coaching rapidly, nonetheless it is 100 p.c.”
With all-all the pieces wideout DeAndre Hopkins main the receiving corps and quarterback Deshaun Watson growing into one in all the league’s top signal-callers, the Texans went 11-5 and won the AFC South this past season. As a result, Houston became 6-0 in games Coutee performed. But finding a constant No. 2 receiving possibility proved refined as Will Fuller tore his ACL and became misplaced for the season after hanging up productive numbers (32 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns in seven games) and Coutee became a mainstay on the rupture document. The Texans traded for feeble receiver Demaryius Thomas, nonetheless he has been launched.
Thus, it seems as even though the talent is there, it is correct kind a jam as to whether it’ll effect on the field.
“Everybody knows we’re harmful,” Coutee stated. “For me to effect healthy, that’s all I would additionally be delighted about and blessed and ready to effect healthy this year.”
No matter his flashes of brilliance, Coutee’s first season became an onerous but any other than the leisure.
“It be the toughest narrate I’ve been by in my lifestyles,” he stated. “I correct kind saved faith and saved pushing and knew I would increase. … That final Colts game, I came out essentially proper.”
Alongside with his bum hamstring in the rear stare, Coutee is support to himself.
“I’m feeling essentially gigantic,” he stated. “I’m feeling essentially proper. I’m feeling savor myself.”
Although he equipped correct kind a sample size, when Coutee became feeling savor himself, he became a mountainous asset for the Texans brimming with doubtless. Now he’s received a full offseason to heal up and make stronger sooner than he appears to be like to operate a sensational second impact.
“Staying healthy is the vital,” he stated. “I would possibly desire twelve months Two and accomplish great more than my rookie year.”