All is well with Keke Coutee through the first week of organized team activities (OTAs).
The second-year wide receiver looks a lot like he did this time a year ago: spry, explosive and dangerous.
“Keke's had a good spring," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a very hard working guy. He's really improved."
During rookie minicamp and OTAs in 2018, Coutee turned heads with his hands and ability to get open. Hamstring injuries during training camp and the regular season limited him to just six games as a rookie. But when he was on the field, he was a difference-maker.
“You never know what he’s going to do with the ball in his hands," quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "He can do all types of stuff. He’s a guy that the defense has to worry about. A lot of people are very impressed with him and so am I.”
Coutee was frustrated by the hamstring bug last year, and said he's spent this offseason doing "a lot of soft tissue work" to prevent that from happening in the future.
"That was a setback for me, but every time I got to play I gave everything I got," Coutee said. "I feel like if I have a complete 16-game season I can do some really good things."
In his debut, Coutee torched the Colts' secondary in Week 4 with 11 catches for 109 yards. He'd finish the regular season with 28 receptions for 287 yards and a score. He was a bright spot in the playoff loss to Indianapolis, scoring the Texans' only touchdown, and pulling in 11 catches for 110 yards on the afternoon. Coutee's health, combined with a year of seasoning, is evident to Watson.
“You can tell that he has a lot more confidence in himself and what he’s doing whenever he steps on the field," Watson said. "He’s playing a lot faster and he’s out there helping all the young receivers get lined up and telling them what to do. You can tell that anytime he’s on the field, you just try to get him the ball in space and let him go work.”
"A lot guys, from their first year to their second year, they take a big jump during this time of the year," O'Brien said. "They're used to the schedule, they're used to how we do things, and now they can go out on the field and really show us what they've got and go out there and perform. He's a hardworking guy and, I believe, a very valuable member of our football team.”
Coutee and the Texans will continue with OTAs for the next couple weeks at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Check out some of the best shots from Week 1 of Texans OTAs.