The Houston Texans bounced back from their Week 10 loss against the Cleveland Browns with a 27-20 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. However, the team didn't walk away from the win unscathed, as wide receiver Randall Cobb was forced to leave the game with a toe injury.
Cobb's absence, though, allowed for receiver Keke Coutee to take on a larger role in the Texans' offense.
Coutee saw 4 targets against the Patriots, turning those into 2 receptions for 10 yards. The receiver also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson, the first TD reception for Coutee since he was a rookie in 2018.
The wideout previously appeared in only one game for Houston this season, playing in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He turned both of his targets into 2 receptions for 11 yards. Coutee sparingly saw the field in Week 2, only playing 8 percent of the team's total offensive snaps. However, against the Patriots, Coutee played in 57 percent of the team's snaps.
Cobb was one of the Texans' primary receiving options this year, averaging 3.8 receptions and 44.1 yards per game. He has hauled in 3 receiving TDs, tied for the second-most on the team.
With Cobb expected to miss game time, it opens up a much-needed opportunity for Coutee to carve out a role within the offense.
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