A BIG DEBUT
Texans player of the game: Rookie WR Keke Coutee
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.