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The Gut Check No.456: Keke Coutee

Matt Waldman profiles Texans slot receiver Keke Coutee, a potential high-volume option with dynamic skills under the hood. 

About 12 weeks ago, this weekly feature profiled Keke Coutee as one of Five Lesser-Known Rookies You Should Monitor In Training Camp. The bottom line from this analysis: "Look for Coutee to earn [the slot role ahead of Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller] and potentially cut into Will Fuller V's big-play production. He could be a dark horse to trail only DeAndre Hopkins in receiving yards by the end of the year."

The production call was a bold statement — one that didn't look too promising when a week later, Coutee suffered a hamstring injury and missed training camp and the preseason. Based on the statements the players and staff made to the media about Coutee in June and July, the Texans had already seen enough of Coutee to know what it had.

It was enough for this writer to list Coutee and 49ers receiver Dante Pettis as the two options worth selecting during the final round of any draft with at least 20 spots — alternating between these two players in several published mock drafts throughout the summer.

Fast-forward to Week 4 and a healthy Coutee earned 11 catches for 109 yards in his NFL debut against the Colts. When a player makes an immediate impact of this nature in his first NFL game and does it without preseason or training camp, it's noteworthy and unlikely a fluke.

This week's Gut Check breaks down the way the Texans used Coutee against the Colts, why it's sustainable usage, what else the Houston offense could easily have in store for Coutee that we didn't see in Week 4, and his fantasy outlook for the rest of the season.

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