8 receivers the Steelers must sign to replace Smith-Schuster
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should sign Coutee
The Texans have two players on this list, and the first of the two is Keke Coutee. Following the trend of the receivers before him on this list, Coutee isn’t the best pure receiver here, but he is a tough slot receiver that would fill that void as a safety net for the Steelers. Coutee had his share of issues with the Texans, but he also flashed a lot of talent during his three years there as well.
What was most puzzling about his release this offseason was that Coutee had gotten better every year with the Texans. He had his best year-to-date in 2020 despite splitting time with Randall Cobb, and the expectation was that he would take on the starting slot duties with Cobb headed back to Green Bay. That never worked out, and the dependable receiver was ultimately cut after the preseason.
Currently on the Colts practice squad, the Steelers could easily use a player like Coutee on the roster. With him being extremely comfortable in the slot, signing him frees up Claypool more. Though he will take on the majority of the work from the slot now, Coutee could sub in and allow Claypool to kick back to the outside. Overall, adding him makes a lot of sense right now as it would keep the receivers on this offense flexible.