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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

Texans land CB Joseph

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
The Texans have signed free agent CB Johnathan Joseph, filling a major area of need on their roster.

Report: Leinart staying in Houston

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
Less than 24 hours after a report sent him to Seattle, QB Matt Leinart will remain in Houston, agreeing to a deal with the Texans.

Report: Texans, DL Lewis agree to deal

Posted July 26, 2011 @ 7:55 p.m. ET
The Texans and DL Damione Lewis agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Report: Texans agree to deal with OT Butler, WR Jones

Posted July 26, 2011 @ 9:39 a.m. ET
The Texans agreed to a new contracts with OT Rashad Butler and WR Jacoby Jones, according to PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain. 

Texans unlikely to pursue Burress

Posted July 21, 2011 @ 1:13 p.m. ET
Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress is interested in signing with the Texans, but we hear Houston is an unlikely landing spot.

Texans make changes in scouting department

Posted July 18, 2011 @ 6:54 p.m. ET
The Texans announced Mike Maccagnan as their new director of college scouting and Dale Strahm as a national college scout.

Texans, Saints cancel joint training-camp practices

Posted July 13, 2011 @ 9:05 p.m. ET
The Texans and the Saints have cancelled three joint practices before their Aug. 20 preseason game at Reliant Stadium.

Texans will attempt to re-sign WR Jones

Posted July 07, 2011 @ 10:54 a.m. ET
One of the Texans' first orders of business once free agency begins is re-signing WR Jacoby Jones.

Key Texans defenders recovering well from injuries

Posted July 01, 2011 @ 10 a.m. ET
The Texans' players invited the media for the first day of their unofficial minicamp, giving PFW's source on the scene an injury update on several key members of the "D."

Great offenses successfully overcoming poor 'D'

Posted June 20, 2011 @ 1:14 p.m. ET
The 2010 Patriots had the league's best record despite boasting a poor defense. This is part of a recent trend that begs the question, can QB Matt Schaub and the Texans finally break through?

AFC South best bets to break through in 2011

Posted June 19, 2011 @ 11:19 a.m. ET
PFW identifies four players from the AFC South who are ready for coming-out parties in 2011 (clockwise from left) — Connor Barwin, Donald Brown, Jared Cook and Mike Thomas.

Whisenhunt, Kubiak to embark on USO tour

Posted June 16, 2011 @ 10:32 a.m. ET
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt will join this year's USO tour to the Persian Gulf to meet and greet members of the U.S. military.

Texans still looking for another starting safety

Posted June 15, 2011 @ 7:05 p.m. ET
If the Texans find that the free-agent market for safeties is not to their liking, there are at least two candidates on the roster who could vie for a starting job in 2011.

TE Daniels healthy, eager to get back to work

Posted June 03, 2011 @ 4 p.m. ET
Texans TE Owen Daniels is anxious to get back on the field and pick up where he left off in the final four games last season.

Second-year RBs Tate, Hardesty looking up at stars

Posted June 02, 2011 @ 11:53 a.m. ET
After missing their rookie seasons with injuries, RBs Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty are now stuck behind a couple of the league's best backs.

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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