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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

AFC South training-camp reports

Posted Aug. 15, 2011 @ 8:30 p.m. ET
How will Mario Williams adapt to the switch from defensive end to rush linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense? The answer will be key to the Texans' showing this season, as PFW examines the AFC South teams.

Texans' Quin making seamless transition to safety

Posted Aug. 14, 2011 @ 3:21 p.m. ET
Mario Williams is not the only member of the Texans converting to a new position. Former CB Glover Quin has made a seamless transition to safety.

Texas add WR Darling, RB Williams

Posted Aug. 12, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m. ET
The Texans signed free-agent WR Devard Darling and RB Javarris Williams on Friday.

ILB Dobbins signs with Houston

Posted Aug. 06, 2011 @ 2:01 p.m. ET
Former Dolphins ILB Tim Dobbins agreed to terms with the Texans on Saturday, his agent David Canter announced on Twitter.

Foster leaves practice with hamstring injury

Posted Aug. 06, 2011 @ 11:10 a.m. ET
Last year's leading rusher, Texans RB Arian Foster, left Friday's practice with an apparent left hamstring injury.

Competition at cornerback fierce in Houston

Posted Aug. 05, 2011 @ 2:09 p.m. ET
The Texans will have some difficult decisions to make at the CB position in training camp.

Pollard signs two-year deal with Ravens

Posted Aug. 04, 2011 @ noon ET
S Bernard Pollard signed a two-year contract with Baltimore on Thursday, it was announced by Ravens executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Texans sign FB Vickers to replace Leach

Posted Aug. 03, 2011 @ 12:28 p.m. ET
The Texans announced Wednesday that they have signed former Browns FB Lawrence Vickers, an unrestricted free agent.

Texans WR Johnson dislocates finger in practice

Posted Aug. 02, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m. ET
WR Andre Johnson left the Texans' Tuesday morning practice with a dislocated left index finger, according to PFW Texans correspondent John McClain.

First-round DE Watt signs with Texans

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 2:28 p.m. ET
J.J. Watt, the 11th overall pick in the draft by the Texans, agreed to a contract on Sunday. Terms of the deal have not been announced.

Ravens sign Pro Bowl FB Leach

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 1:11 p.m. ET
The top fullback on the free-agency market has a new home. Former Texans FB Vonta Leach signed a three-year, $11 million deal with the Ravens.

Colts sign former Texans QB Orlovsky

Posted July 30, 2011 @ 11:46 a.m. ET
Former Texans QB Dan Orlovsky has agreed to terms with the Colts, PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain reported.

Report: Rams agree to terms with LB Diles

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 4:21 p.m. ET
The Rams reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Texans OLB Zac Diles.

Texans' secondary much improved with Joseph, Manning

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 1:43 p.m. ET
The Texans' woeful pass defense got a much needed shot in the arm by signing former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph and former Bears S Danieal Manning.

Texans sign Bears S Manning

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 12:34 a.m. ET
Former Bears S Danieal Manning has signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Texans that includes $9 million guaranteed.

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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