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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' Robinson will command top dollar

Posted March 02, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
Texans CB Dunta Robinson will test free agency, likely spelling the end of his career in Houston, but questions linger about whether the top corner available in free agency will be worth the substantial financial package he will command.

Coin flips determine draft order for six teams

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 9:21 a.m. ET
Three coin flips were conducted to determine the draft order for six teams Friday at the Combine.

Texans won't keep status quo in backfield

Posted Feb. 20, 2010 @ 11:56 a.m. ET
Some changes are likely coming in the Texans' backfield as the team looks to add a running back who'll challenge Steve Slaton.

Texans’ McNair gives Kubiak extension, vote of confidence

Posted Feb. 10, 2010 @ 4:35 p.m. ET
Texans owner Bob McNair said he thinks the team will have a winner with head coach Gary Kubiak.

Cushing getting rest, focusing on mental aspect of game

Posted Feb. 06, 2010 @ 3:38 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing expects to resume football workouts sometime in March, he said at the Super Bowl.

Texans sign Kubiak through 2012

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
The Texans have awarded head coach Gary Kubiak with a new three-year contract, the Houston Chronicle reported late Tuesday night.

Texans hire Knapp to work with Schaub

Posted Jan. 27, 2010 @ 3:10 a.m. ET
The Texans have hired Gregg Knapp as their new QB coach, reuniting him with QB Matt Schaub.

Injuries open door for Schaub to earn Pro Bowl spot

Posted Jan. 20, 2010 @ 9:20 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub had a suspicion he might be a late addition to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, and to that end, he resumed workouts recently.

Thrown into deep end, Texans' Cushing thrived

Posted Jan. 15, 2010 @ 3:05 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing believes that Houston's four-game winning streak to finish the season could have a carryover effect in a 2010 campaign in which expectations will be higher than ever.

Kubiak could go back to Denver roots for new offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 06, 2010 @ 9:45 p.m. ET
With offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan joining his father, Mike, in Washington, the Texans are looking for a new play-caller.

Belichick: Bad field contributed to Welker's injury

Posted Jan. 05, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m. ET
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on his weekly radio show with WEEI in Boston that WR Wes Welker's season-ending knee injury was the result of a bad playing surface in Houston.

Texans committed to Kubiak, extend Schaub's contract

Posted Jan. 04, 2010 @ 12:36 p.m. ET
According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Bob McNair announced following Houston's 34-27 victory over New England Sunday that Gary Kubiak would return for the fifth and final year of his contract.

Patriots' Welker leaves field with apparent knee injury

Posted Jan. 03, 2010 @ 1:22 p.m. ET
Patriots WR Wes Welker appeared to injure his left knee before sustaining contact in the first quarter of the game against the Texans.

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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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