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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

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18 2 0

Kubiak: TE Daniels will be back with Texans

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:37 p.m. ET
Houston head coach Gary Kubiak has assured the media that Owen Daniels will return next season even though the star tight end endured an injury-plagued campaign, according to AFC South Whispers.

Texans appear to have some 3-4 pieces in place

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 6:07 p.m. ET
With the Texans hiring Wade Phillips to fix one of the NFL's worst defenses, the focus turns to who will execute his defense.

Texans hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 5:37 p.m. ET
The Texans hired former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, the club announced.

Texans announce Kubiak stays, defense changes

Posted Jan. 03, 2011 @ 4:39 p.m. ET
The Texans have announced that head coach Gary Kubiak will be retained for a sixth season in Houston, but his coaching staff will have a different look in 2011.

Week 17 Players of the Week

Posted Jan. 03, 2011 @ 9:47 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Texans RB Arian Foster, Packers OLB Erik Walden and Patriots WR-PR Julian Edelman as its Players of the Week.

Foster, Texans end Jaguars' playoff hopes

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 7:36 p.m. ET
Arian Foster ran for 180 yards to capture the NFL rushing title, and the Houston Texans ended Jacksonville's playoff hopes with a 34-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunda

Texans WR Johnson to have ankle surgery; will miss season finale

Posted Jan. 01, 2011 @ 2:04 p.m. ET
Texans WR Andre Johnson will have arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle and miss Sunday's season finale against the Jaguars.

Texans TE Daniels makes late return to form

Posted Dec. 30, 2010 @ 9:20 p.m. ET
In the final weeks of the season, TE Owen Daniels finally started to again consistently show the playmaking ability that has distinguished him in his five-year NFL career.

Reports: Kubiak could be back in Houston with new defensive coordinator

Posted Dec. 29, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m. ET
Embattled Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could be back in 2011, but with a new defensive coordinator, the NFL Network and The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Texans' inability to stop Tebow a new low

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 12:50 a.m. ET
In a terribly disappointing season for the Texans' defense, its second-half collapse at Denver Sunday may take the cake.

Tebow leads Broncos back in 24-23 win

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 7:42 p.m. ET
Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos past the Texans 24-23 when he scored on a 6-yard scramble with three minutes left in his first home start Sunday, capping a comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit.

Smith, Cushing say on-field flare-up forgotten

Posted Dec. 25, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m. ET
Houston's Antonio Smith and Brian Cushing say the confrontation between the two during the Week 15 game at Tennessee was a "heat-of-the-moment thing" that has been patched up, according to AFC South Whispers.

Texans' first-half woes prove too much to overcome

Posted Dec. 22, 2010 @ 9:50 p.m. ET
Besides their very disappointing pass defense, slow starts have hampered the Texans all season, as evidenced by a few relevant statistics.

Tebow will remain Broncos starting QB

Posted Dec. 20, 2010 @ 5:16 p.m. ET
Broncos head coach Eric Studesville announced Monday that Tim Tebow will remain the team's starting quarterback and start against the Texans on Sunday.

Collins, Johnson lead Titans over Houston

Posted Dec. 19, 2010 @ 4:33 p.m. ET
Kerry Collins threw for two touchdowns and 237 yards and Chris Johnson ran for a TD and 130 yards as the Tennessee Titans snapped a six-game skid by beating the Houston Texans 31-17 on Sunday.

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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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