Houston Texans’ interim head coach Romeo Crennel says the lack of opportunity is keeping Keke Coutee from seeing the field.
Prior to the start of the season, it seemed as if 2020 would be a breakout year for Keke Coutee. Former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien cited injuries as the reason for Coutee’s lack of playing time in recent years.
Six weeks into the season, the Texas Tech prodigy has only played one game thus far — committing a fumble in his only dive. A healthy scratch during the Houston Texans‘ previous game against the Jaguars confirmed that Coutee’s on-field absence goes beyond injuries.
“He is working hard in practice like all the other guys are,” interim head coach Romeo Crennel said on Friday. “Sometimes you have to wait your turn and then when you get that opportunity, take advantage of it. Just like it happened last week with Tyrell Adams.”
After he became the first rookie receiver to record 11 catches in a debut, it has been a tumultuous ride for Coutee. Healthy scratches and a plethora of injuries have limited him to 16 games since his debut in 2018.
Last season, Coutee played a career-high nine games to help fill a void caused by Will Fuller’s inconsistent health. He recorded 22 catches for 254 yards (11.5 AVG).
“I think that’s the same thing with any player who’s not playing — who’s not starting,” Crennel said. “They are waiting their turn, and they’re trying to do the best they can in practice, and hoping that they get an opportunity to play in the game.”
During training camp, Coutee sustained a minor stress fracture in his foot. The injury caused him to miss half of camp and the first three weeks of the season.
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