Texans expect competition between Keke Coutee, other rookies

Texans expect competition between Keke Coutee, other rookies

HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's Keke Coutee is about to do his best to turn heads in the NFL.

In just a few days, Coutee will be in Houston at the training facility of the Houston Texans getting ready to begin his NFL journey.

Coutee will start his journey with the annual Rookie Mini-camp that all NFL teams do as a way to introduce the players to the NFL lifestyle. Everything from the playbook to nutrition will be covered by the team.

Texans staff was available to the media during a charity golf event in Houston on Monday where they talked about expectations.

"Competition has always been the emphasis," Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think the most competitive teams we've ever been associated with had very competitive rosters. They  practice hard. They understood the competition of practice led to good execution in games. I think we have a lot of really competitive players and competitive coaches. That's always going to be our M.O here is to try to be as competitive as we can in on the practice field, weight room and classroom and obviously on game day."

Coutee is expected to possibly step up and help in the receiving game as possibly a third receiver working in the slot position. He could fill in for Braxton Miller and the explosive speed Coutee showed in college could lead to him being used in the special teams game.

"It's a great opportunity for us to get these guys on the grass for the first time," O'Brien said Monday before the team's annual charity golf tournament. "We've seen a lot of them on tape. We've interviewed them, but now we get to see them run around, which is really good."

This will not be like the first day of school where the players take an easy look at the material. A lot will be thrown on them and expected of them if they want to help improve a team that failed to make the playoffs last season.

"What I'm looking for from the rookies is their readiness to contribute," General Manager Brian  Gaine said. "Even though it's only May, I'm looking to see who the professional players are. I want to know who's ready to go from a conditioning standpoint, who's been taking care of their bodies and who's ready to perform when the bell rings this weekend."

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