It hasn’t been consistent because of his nagging hamstring injury, but Keke has proved that he’s a favorite of Deshaun Watson in his limited time on the field. He debuted from the hamstring injury that started in the offseason with a 11-catch game on 15 targets for 109 yards. He continued to get it done the following week, catching 6 of 7 for 51 yards and a TD, and that was a game he was a game-time decision for. He then aggravated his injury again in Week 7. He went on to aggravate his hamstring injury a few more times, and he finally took some time to heal.
11 catches on 14 targets this past weekend in Houston’s Wild Card game is very encouraging for his role on this offense, but we obviously have to take into account that neither Will Fuller or Demaryius Thomas was on the field. Thomas also might not be back, as he’s set to make $14 million next year with no dead money if Houston decides to release him. Bill O’Brien doesn’t seem too optimistic speaking of his Achilles injury: “That’s a tough injury. He knows that. He’s 30 years old. That’s not easy to come back from, but he’s going to work hard.” If they choose to keep him, they would be overpaying for his services.
Guys don’t get 14 and 15 targets out of nowhere – it takes talent and confidence from both the QB and coaching staff. He won’t get that type of volume with Fuller on the field, but Coutee’s presence definitely affected Fuller. His targets were cut in half, and was averaging 80 less yards per game. Keke is going to be part of the game plan, but with Fuller’s presence it’s possible he’s still a decent value in 2019 drafts, potentially getting 5-7 receptions per game, potentially landing him in WR3 territory. Let’s hope he takes care of his soft tissue issues this offseason.