Heading into his second NFL season, Keke Coutee had high expectations for himself.
After an injury sidelined him in the preseason opener at Green Bay, the Texans wide receiver had to wait a little longer to get back on the field. Coutee, who missed the season opener at New Orleans, returned to the lineup in Week 2 against Jacksonville and has seen action in every game since.
"I'm getting back to my normal self, for sure," Coutee said. "Knowing how my body works, and knowing what I need to do to get my body going. I'm pretty fresh right now. Ready to go."
Coutee spent the entire offseason workout program, OTAs and training camp, healthy and developing and further improving chemistry with Deshaun Watson. After missing the preseason, Coutee returned to action and has been steadily working his way back into the offense.
"The four weeks that he took off in the preseason were very tough, nothing that we wanted," Watson said. "But it kind of set him back a little bit as far as getting back into his groove. He's getting back to himself. He's feeling fully healthy and fully back into what he likes to do. We put him in areas and situations that he's good at, to be able to execute and help this offense go. It's good to have him back and have him feeling confident and getting back to what he's always been doing."
In Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Coutee had two plays for a first down.
"Yeah, he made some good plays yesterday," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "He did miss a lot of time after the Green Bay game, but he definitely stepped up and made some plays yesterday. He's a good player."
Coutee played in six games as a rookie, catching 28 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. Though he missed the final five games of the 2018 season, Coutee returned in the AFC Wild Card game and set a postseason franchise-record of 11 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Coutee and the Texans return to action on Sunday when the Texans host the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.