Keke Coutee 'very hungry' to earn snaps in talented Texans receiving corp



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Keke Coutee 'very hungry' to earn snaps in talented Texans receiving corp

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee is working everything he can to put himself in a position for a big 2020 campaign as he wants to prove his worth and that he belongs in the NFL. Coutee, who was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft, had a promising rookie campaign but his success didn't translate into his sophomore year as he was plagued by injuries and at times he appeared to be struggling with his confidence.

Coutee, 23, started the last season on an unfortunate way as he sprained his ankle in the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers and he played in nine games with four starts last season. The 23-year-old posted solid numbers in nine games played last year as he caught 22 passes for 256 yards on 36 targets but Texans coach Bill O'Brian noted during the last season that the wide receiver needed to pay greater attention to detail.

"Very hungry, very hungry,” Coutee told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Not a lot of talking, just ready to work. Results speak for themselves in 2020. I’m just trying to get back to the basics, getting back to what I’m good at and fix the things I need to work on and, most importantly, be ready for the season."

Coutee hopes to be healthy and productive

The Texans have lost one of the best receivers in the game -- DeAndre Hopkins -- to a trade this offseason but they added Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Isaiah Coulter to a receiving corp that also features Kenny Stills and Will Fuller.

"Just to be healthy and be the best teammate I can be this year and just producing where I can,” Coutee said of his goals. “Just being able to make plays when I’m called upon when the ball is coming my way, that’s the best thing I can do to make plays."

NFL and NBA trainer Justin Allen, who has been working Coutee, is happy to be working with a talent like Coutee and he hopes he will help the wide receiver achieve his goal. "It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with a talent like Keke,” Allen said.

“Keke is a very talented young man. I’m just helping him to control his speed and take his game to another level. The skills are there. "It’s just consistency, being able to do it week in and week out and having the opportunity to do that. Sometimes, you need that extra competition in the room to ignite that fire and bring the best out in players."