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Whitney Mercilus - #59 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 4"/ 257 lbs.
Birthday 07/21/1990
Birthplace Akron, OH
College Illinois
Years played 2
Drafted 2012, 1st round, 26th pick by Texans

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
18 2 0

Houston Texans: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
We highlight the top three needs on offense and defense for the Houston Texans, and take a look back at their 2012 draft class

Baker to lead Houston's Super Bowl bid

Posted Feb. 25, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m. ET
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker will lead Houston's bid to host the Super Bowl in 2017.

Texans want Barwin back despite disappointing 2012

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m. ET
The Texans' ability to re-sign OLB Connor Barwin — or not re-sign — likely impacts what direction they go in the draft.

Texans RB Foster has not talked surgery

Posted Feb. 01, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster released a statement Friday after an NFL Network report indicated he would undergo a heart procedure.

Foster: Don't expect 100 percent play at Pro Bowl

Posted Jan. 25, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m. ET
Houston RB Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don't expect 100 percent effort.

Texans won't rule out drafting QB

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
Despite publicly supporting Matt Schaub, Texans coach Gary Kubiak will at least consider drafting a quarterback in April, we hear.

Watt named PFW/PFWA Defensive Player of the Year

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m. ET
Texans DE J.J. Watt, still two months shy of his 24th birthday, is the youngest PFW/PFWA Defensive Player of the Year winner ever.

Texans WR Posey tears Achilles tendon

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m. ET
Texans WR DeVier Posey tore his Achilles tendon, the rookie confirmed after Sunday’s divisional-round loss to the Patriots.

Patriots beat Texans, Ravens up next

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 8:28 p.m. ET
Stevan Ridley ran for 82 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots roll to a 41-28 victory over the Texans.

Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

Posted Jan. 12, 2013 @ 8:05 p.m. ET
Despite injuries taking their toll on Texans' ILBs this season, we hear there won't be a major rush to address the position in the draft.

Friday injury report for divisional playoffs

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
Here is the Friday injury report for the divisional playoffs, showing to what degree injured players participated in their teams' practices.

Key matchup: Texans passing game vs. Patriots pass 'D'

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 1:09 p.m. ET
The Texans’ key to avenging a Week 14 embarrassment and advancing to the AFC title game will be QB Matt Schaub. 

Ryan, Falcons understand situation they're in

Posted Jan. 08, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
The Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are aware of the pressures they face this weekend in what should be a strong divisional slate of games.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Defining moment for Texans, Schaub

Posted Jan. 08, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
The Texans-Patriots rematch should be more competitive this time around. For the Texans to pull the upset, Matt Schaub must rise to the occasion.

Texans' offense still uneven, but making progress

Posted Jan. 06, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m. ET
One offensive TD by the Texans is unlikely to cut it in Foxborough Sunday, but at least the group showed signs of breaking through in the wild-card round victory over the Bengals.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Dec. 03, 2012
Mercilus recovered a fumble and had two sacks as the Texans (11-1) remain tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NFL with their sixth straight win Sunday.||||||| This was a nice bit of progress for the Mercilus, who the team would hope to see more production from.
Posted June 14, 2012
The Houston Texans have signed No. 26 overall pick Whitney Mercilus to a four-year deal. The team did not release financial terms of the deal.||||||| The 6-foot-4, 254-pound player was a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Illinois but has moved to outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment the Texans use. He started just one season in college, but was the nation's leader in sacks with 16 and forced fumbles with eight.
Posted April 27, 2012
Mercilus had one - and only one - spectacular season at Illinois. That was all Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips needed to see. Houston used the 26th pick in the first round on the 6-foot-3, 261-pound Mercilus, and the projected outside linebacker officially joined his new team Friday.||||||| Mercilus was an early entry junior. He led the nation in sacks with 16 and forced nine fumbles last season, helping Illinois make a dramatic turnaround on defense. Phillips said that if Mercilus had stayed in school, he would've been a top-10 pick next year.

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