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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 RB Tate developing undesirable reputation

Posted Nov. 01, 2012 @ 5:51 p.m. ET
The Texans, when healthy, have arguably the most talented one-two backfield punch in the NFL. But backup Ben Tate is proving that staying healthy is a tall order.

RB Grimes rejoins Texans

Posted Oct. 31, 2012 @ 6:06 p.m. ET
The Texans claimed RB Jonathan Grimes off waivers from the Jets and waived LB Mister Alexander.

Texans add DT McClain

Posted Oct. 29, 2012 @ 1:48 p.m. ET
The Texans signed DT Terrell McClain and placed rookie DE David Hunter on injured reserve with a toe injury.

NFL Links: Luck more impressive than RG3?

Posted Oct. 26, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m. ET
Andrew Luck is still better than RG3, Wade Phillips has the Texans' pass rush humming and Chiefs fans are feeling neglected.

AFC South Spin cycle: Texans send message to rest of AFC

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
The Texans sent an emphatic message to the rest of the AFC in Week Seven: the road to New Orleans appears likely to travel through Houston.

Texans first-rounder Mercilus starting to flash

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 5:47 p.m. ET
First-round OLB Whitney Mercilus played the best game of his young career in the Texans' Week Seven pasting of the Ravens.

Texans rout Ravens in battle of AFC's best

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and the Texans dominated a showdown of the AFC's two teams, routing the Ravens 43-13 on Sunday.

AFC South Spin cycle: Texans' mistakes add up

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 3:28 p.m. ET
The Titans got a much-needed win over the Steelers, Glover Quin and the Texans were humbled by the Packers and the Colts were crushed by the Jets.

Packers topple Texans behind Rodgers' six TDs

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Aaron Rodgers set a career high six touchdown passes, and the Packers routed the previously unbeaten Texans 42-24 on Sunday night.

NFL Links: Texans' offense in no rush

Posted Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:24 a.m. ET
The Texans aren't conforming to the NFL's hurry-up trends, Alex Smith is suddenly a savior and Pete Carroll squares off with his old team.

Cushing's absence likely to be felt most in Texans' dime package

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 9:32 p.m. ET
The Texans will miss ILB Brian Cushing in a number of ways, but likely none greater than his coverage abilities in Houston's dime package.

Phillips: Slauson's block on Cushing 'unnecessary'

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 9:16 p.m. ET
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the block by Jets OG Matt Slauson that ended LB Brian Cushing's season was "unnecessary."

Broncos add WR-KR Holliday

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 5:42 p.m. ET
The Broncos claimed WR-KR Trindon Holliday off waivers from the Texans, the team announced Thursday.

Texans sign LB Ruud

Posted Oct. 10, 2012 @ 12:36 p.m. ET
The Texans signed LB Barrett Ruud and released KR Trindon Holliday on Wednesday. They placed LB Brian Cushing on injured reserve.

Week Six primer: How deep are the Packers' problems?

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 7:14 p.m. ET
Eric Edholm provides a sneak peek into Week Six, including what to watch for in the big Packers-Texans matchup on Sunday night.

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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