Keke Coutee had over 100 yards receiving in his debut. Andy Lyons/Getty Images
It was one of the most impressive rookie debuts in Texans history. Fourth-round pick Keke Coutee hauled in 11 catches for 109 yards in his first NFL game action helping the Texans to avoid a massive collapse and steal a win from the Colts.
Coutee was often a favorite for quarterback Deshaun Watson as the slot wideout constantly found himself open. His biggest play came in overtime as he caught a pass and took it 19-yards to break the Texans out of their own territory. On the same drive, Coutee hauled in a 13-yard strike to get the Texans a first down.
Seven times the ball went to Coutee for 10-plus yards. He was also active in pre-snap motion as the Texans showed some creativity in their offense. Coutte also rushed the ball a few times as the team continued to find ways to get the rookie from Texas Tech involved.
Also, 92 of his 109 yards were after the catch as he showcased his catch and run ability he became infamous for in college. He had a couple of drops, one early, but was sure-handed for most of the game. Watson looked for him often targeting him more than than DeAndre Hopkins.
This is a huge development as Coutee looks every bit the slot presence the Texans have never possessed under Bill O'Brien. Watson clearly already trusts him and his ability to shake loose should only improve with experience.
With a new season on the horizon, the Astros have high hopes for 2024 after coming just one game shy of being in the World Series for three consecutive seasons.
If Houston wants to get back to the Fall Classic in 2024, they're going to have to rely on their pitching. Owner Jim Crane believes the club has 8 starting pitchers when Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. return mid-season.
Which allows several of the starters to move to the bullpen and provide even more depth. Add those guys to Bryan Abreu, Ryan Pressly, and Josh Hader and you have a recipe for success.
Check out the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham goes through the entire staff and makes his case for the Astros having the best pitching staff in baseball.
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