When Keke Coutee was on the field as a rookie, the Texans won all six regular season games he played. In the playoff loss, he caught 11 passes for 110 yards and Houston's only touchdown.
Good things happened when was involved, but a nagging hamstring injury prevented him from playing in 10 contests. According to head coach Bill O'Brien, getting Coutee through a full season, in good health, is a big priority for the Texans in 2019.
“We have to figure that out," O'Brien said in a Wednesday press conference at the Combine in Indianapolis. "He has to figure that out. Because when he played, he played very well. He was very productive."
Coutee finished with 28 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown in the regular season, and as quarterback Deshaun Watson said, helped keep opposing defenses "on their heels". The speed, shiftiness and dimensions he adds to the Texans offense are game-changing.
"Here’s a guy that has a bright, bright future but we’ve got to figure out how we can keep him on the field because again, with every player, availability equals dependability basically," O'Brien said. "He wants to be dependable. It’d be really good if we can have him for 16 games and then some.”
O'Brien said Coutee is "working hard right now" in the offseason to get set for 2019.
Coutee and the Texans begin the offseason conditioning program at NRG Stadium on April 15.
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