Keke Coutee was a third round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2018 NFL Draft, but didn’t make his debut until week 4 because of injury. Despite missing time, Coutee had an impressive debut that saw him make 11 receptions for over 100 yards.
#Texans rookie WR Keke Coutee used his speed to put up 11 receptions for 109 yards in his NFL debut
Highlights from his performance: pic.twitter.com/PuzYPfYdch
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) October 1, 2018
The Texans won in overtime, and Coutee’s stat line suggested that he had a large part in the victory. I charted his routes to see just how he accumulated those numbers.
- Of the 45 routes Coutee ran, 12 of them came when he was aligned as the #1 receiver. Though more of a slot receiver, Coutee has the speed and versatility to take outside reps
- 25 of the 45 routes came when Coutee as aligned as the #2 receiver
- 2 of the 45 routes came when Coutee was aligned as the #3 receiver
- 6 of the 45 routes came when Coutee was motioning into the backfield at the time of the snap
- I deem “successful” passing routes for wide receivers as those routes that generate enough separation to create a clean and open throwing window for the Quarterback, by the time of his release. I had Coutee down for 32 successful routes.
- Coutee’s success rate on routes while aligned outside was 9/12
- Coutee success rate on routes while aligned in the Slot was 16/25
- All 6 of Coutee’s routes that came after motioning into the backfield were successful.
- Coutee’s success rate on routes while operating against man coverage was 9/16
- Coutee’s success rate on routes while operating against zone coverage was 23/29
Coutee’s awareness and experience in the slot helped him find voids and holes in the coverage against zone coverage while in college, this held true on Sunday.
- Coutee accumulated 11 receptions for 109 receiving yards, on 15 official targets
- Of the 109 yards, 99 of them came after the catch.
- Coutee accumulated 25 “air yards” past the line of scrimmage, but his 6 receptions caught behind the line of scrimmage took away from that total
- Coutee’s average depth of target was just 2.4 yards down the field
- Coutee’s yards per target was 7.266
- Coutee’s lone contested catch situation ended up with a reception along the sideline
- Coutee had 2 drops
- Coutee’s most ran passing route was the “Under” which he ran 7 times with a success rate of 5/7
Coutee thrived underneath and behind the line of scrimmage. His usage was used to stretch the defense horizontally and as a third choice in triple option.
While his ability to stretch the field from the slot was not utilized, Coutee already has a defined role. While his role increases as the season goes on, expect Coutee to produce as the Texans third receiving option.