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Whitney Mercilus | Linebacker | #59

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (26) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) was not on the final injury for Week 16 against the Bengals.
Mercilus is ready to roll after putting in a full practice on Friday. He leads the Texans with 5.5 sacks this year and also holds PFF's sixth-highest grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:47:00 PM

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Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) has been downgraded to out for Week 15.

Mercilus missed practice the last two days after his back issue flared up. It's a pass rush downgrade but the Texans are still a streaming option against Jacksonville this week. Mercilus should only miss one game.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 03:06:00 PM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) is questionable for Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Mercilus was listed as limited Wednesday before sitting out Thursday's and Friday's sessions, suggesting he suffered the injury in practice. It is positive he was listed as questionable instead of being ruled out, but his status appears to be in real doubt. A disruptive force all year, Mercilus' absence would be a big one for Houston.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 1.

Mercilus was a monster against the Bears, recording two sacks and a forced fumble. He has three-straight multi-sack games dating back to last season. Since last Week 6, Mercilus leads the league with 14 sacks over that time.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) expects to be ready for training camp.

He sat out all of the offseason program with a hamstring issue. "I'm feeling good, starting to get healthy," Mercilus said. "I've been here for an extra two weeks since we've been out just rehabbing and things like that, just making sure I'm on pace to make it back for training camp." A 2012 first-rounder, Mercilus broke out with 12 sacks last season.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Texans signed OLB Whitney Mercilus to a four-year, $26 million contract extension through 2019.

It contains $10.8 million guaranteed, including a $5.25 million signing bonus. The 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Texans declined Mercilus' fifth-year team option and instead locked him up through his age-29 season. Mercilus has been a bit of a disappointment in the sack department, registering 18 sacks through 47 games, but he's coming off a great year against the run.
Mon, May 4, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus anticipates dropping into coverage more this season.

Mercilus has disappointed as a pass rusher through two NFL seasons, in 2013 grading out as Pro Football Focus' worst outside linebacker in the league. The Texans will turn to Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt as their primary pass rushers this year. "More drops into coverage instead of solely rushing, rushing, rushing," Mercilus said of his role under new DC Romeo Crennel. "Of course I love it. It’s definitely showing my versatility and being instinctive on the field."
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Despite posting a respectable seven sacks, Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus graded out as the league's worst 3-4 outside linebacker in 2013 at Pro Football Focus.

That's out of 42 qualifiers. Mercilus managed to pressure the quarterback 51 times, but a closer look at his play shows he has deficiencies as a pass rusher. He'll continue to man the weak side this season with Jadeveon Clowney on the strong side, but Mercilus will need to take a step forward in his third season.
Fri, May 16, 2014 02:50:00 PM

Texans 2012 first-round pick Whitney Mercilus will be the team's starting weak-side outside linebacker in his second year.

It's the primary pass-rushing position in Wade Phillips' defense. Trevardo Williams, Sam Montgomery, and Brooks Reed are competing on the other side. Rather than dropping into coverage, Mercilus' responsibility will be to harass quarterbacks. During his rookie season, Mercilus only made four starts but amassed six sacks and two forced fumbles. He's a breakout candidate.
Mon, May 20, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith anticipates an "exponential leap" for 2012 first-round pick Whitney Mercilus in year two.

With Connor Barwin a free agent and Brooks Reed potentially moving to inside linebacker, Mercilus is likely to be a starter. "He had 6.5 sacks in limited playtime," said Smith. "But when you look at him production per play, it’s up there. He adds explosiveness, he’s adds pass rush, he adds speed to our defense."
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 12:09:00 PM

Texans first-round pick Whitney Mercilus racked up two sacks in the team's Week 13 win over the Titans.

After opening the year as a reserve behind Brooks Reed (groin surgery), Mercilus is up to five sacks on the season. Mercilus also recovered a fumble against the Titans and could catch fire down the stretch playing behind LE J.J. Watt. Reed is expected to be sidelined for at least the next 2-3 regular season games.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 09:10:00 PM

Texans DC Wade Phillips sees a similarity in how first-round OLB Whitney Mercilus' "light is coming on" to J.J. Watt's development last season.

"Whitney's earned more (playing) time," Phillips said, "so we're going to play him more." After learning from the sidelines early in the season, the No. 26 overall pick has racked up three sacks and two forced fumbles in the past two games.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 10:20:00 AM

After watching film of the preseason opener, coach Gary Kubiak says first-round OLB Whitney Mercilus is even better than first believed.

Mercilus' transition from defensive end to outside edge rusher is going smoothly. He racked up three tackles, 1.5 sacks, two hits behind of the line of scrimmage and a quarterback pressure at Carolina. "He's just so fast and so smart," GM Rick Smith said.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 01:08:00 PM

Texans agreed to terms with OLB Whitney Mercilus, the No. 26 overall pick, on a four-year contract.

The Texans are easing Mercilus in as a special teamer and reserve outside 'backer in OTAs and minicamps, but he'll be a starter sooner rather than later in Houston. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been thrilled with Mercilus so far. Look for him to push Brooks Reed opposite Connor Barwin in August.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 07:26:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak noted that first-round OLB Whitney Mercilus has looked "very good" in OTAs.

Team captain Antonio Smith describes the rookie as "quick" and "explosive." While Mercilus is also getting a lot of work on special teams, the Texans are pleased with early showing on defense. "Remember, (he had) just really one big, big year of college football," said Kubiak, "so watching him make this transition is pretty impressive." Kubiak later added that Mercilus is "even more talented than we thought he'd be."
Fri, May 25, 2012 12:59:00 PM

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