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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 sign first-round CB Jackson

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 11:07 a.m. ET
Houston has signed its first-round draft choice, CB Kareem Jackson, to a five-year contract, PFW's Texans correspondent, John McClain, is reporting on his Twitter account. Details of the deal weren't immediately available.

Reports: Texans agree with rookie RB Tate

Posted July 29, 2010 @ 7:52 p.m. ET
The Texans and RB Ben Tate, a second-round pick from Auburn, have agreed on a contract, ESPN and The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. ESPN reported the contract is for four years.

Texans sign rookie TE Graham

Posted July 28, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
The Texans signed rookie TE Garrett Graham on Wednesday, the club announced. Terms were not disclosed.

RB Henry vying to stick with Texans

Posted July 28, 2010 @ 12:57 p.m. ET
RB Chris Henry, who showed promise early in his career before being suspended, is competing for a roster spot with Houston after a couple of unproductive seasons.

AFC South training-camp reports

Posted July 21, 2010 @ 8:41 a.m. ET
In the third installment in our series of training-camp reports, we look at the AFC South teams.

Texans, Falcons hoping to get over hump

Posted July 15, 2010 @ 9:12 a.m. ET
With Houston and Atlanta being the highest-rated teams not to make the playoffs last season, NFList examines how other recent "near-miss" clubs fared the following season.

Texans sign WR Dickerson

Posted July 14, 2010 @ 8 p.m. ET
The Texans signed WR Dorin Dickerson, a seventh-round selection from Pittsburgh, on Wednesday.

Texans have solid reserve options at cornerback

Posted July 08, 2010 @ 1:09 p.m. ET
One position where the Texans have accumulated solid depth is cornerback.

Okoye sheds weight; will sacks come?

Posted June 22, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m. ET
A lighter Texans DT Amobi Okoye has "been tougher to handle" for the team's offense to handle in offseason workouts, head coach Gary Kubiak told Houston reporters at the end of the club's final minicamp.

Texans sign FB Griffith, two others

Posted June 17, 2010 @ 9:12 a.m. ET
The Texans signed veteran TE Derek Fine, FB Justin Griffith and WR Bobby Williams on Wednesday.

Texans sign OG Smith

Posted June 17, 2010 @ 9:08 a.m. ET
The Texans signed OG Shelley Smith, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, on Wednesday.

Vikings sign RB Moats

Posted June 15, 2010 @ 12:37 p.m. ET
The Vikings have signed RB Ryan Moats to join their crowded running back situation.

Texans TE Daniels, LB Sharpton sign contracts

Posted June 11, 2010 @ 7:32 p.m. ET
Texans TE Owen Daniels signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender with the club on Friday, the club announced. Also, the Texans signed LB Darryl Sharpton, a fourth-round pick.

Texans' young TEs getting work in Daniels' absence

Posted June 11, 2010 @ 1:45 p.m. ET
While Texans TE Owen Daniels works his way back from a November knee injury, rookie Garrett Graham and second-year pro James Casey have received a lot of work in OTAs.

Reports: Texans, DT Mitchell agree on deal

Posted June 09, 2010 @ 5:26 p.m. ET
The Texans and DT Earl Mitchell, a third-round pick from Arizona, have agreed on a contract, The Houston Chronicle and ESPN reported Wednesday.

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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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