Coutee may be on the roster bubble after the Texans signed Randall Cobb and traded for Brandin Cooks during the offseason, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. The combination of Cooks and Cobb is no match for DeAndre Hopkins in terms of quality, but the two-in, one-out offseason plan creates a tougher numbers game further down the depth chart. While a trade could eventually free up the logjam, Houston's current roster construction hints at Coutee and DeAndre Carter competing for the fifth wide receiver spot, behind Cooks, Cobb, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, in some uncertain order. Carter worked ahead of Coutee late last season, even serving as Houston's No. 3 receiver when Fuller missed a wild-card playoff game.
Coutee's path to seeing regular work out of the slot in 2020 appears to have taken a hit after the Texans signed Randall Cobb to a three-year, $27 million deal last week, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. While he won't be anything close to a one-for-one replacement for DeAndre Hopkins, Cobb in combination with fellow wideouts Will Fuller and Kenny Stills and newly acquired running back David Johnson are currently in line to pick up most of the targets that became available when the four-time Pro Bowler was dealt to Arizona. That leaves Coutee as no better than the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, and when the three players ahead of him in the pecking order are all available, he could be at risk of being a healthy inactive due to his inability to contribute on special teams, After flashing some promise as a rookie, Coutee has since moved into coach Bill O'Brien's doghouse and could probably use a fresh start elsewhere.
Coutee dressed but did not play in Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round playoff loss to the Chiefs. Coutee finished out the season being a healthy inactive or a DNP in six of the final eight games, including both postseason contests. A promising, if injury-marred rookie season turned sour in 2019, as head coach Bill O'Brien lost confidence in the Texas Tech product. Coutee finished with 22 catches (36 targets) and rushed for a touchdown. He has another two years remaining on his contract, but the Texans will return all of their current crop of wideouts except DeAndre Carter. That leaves Coutee as a fourth wideout at best entering the offseason.
Coutee was on the active roster for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills but did not play. Will Fuller V (groin) was inactive, but Coutee watched DeAndre Carter (55 snaps, 80 percent) handle the third wideout role in Houston's playoff victory. It was the seventh time in the last 10 games that Coutee did not play, including three games in which he suited up but did not get off the bench. The Texans are hopeful Fuller will be available for next Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Coutee (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers. With Will Fuller (hamstring) active, Coutee will be relegated to the bench for a second consecutive week as the Texans will have just four wide receivers -- DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller, Kenny Stills and DeAndre Carter -- available Saturday in a pivotal postseason-clinching chance against the Buccaneers.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||38||25||270||0||12||10.80||27|