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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

Week Three Players of the Week

Posted Sept. 25, 2012 @ 12:56 p.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Jamaal Charles, J.J. Watt and Darius Reynaud as its Players of the Week.

Power rankings: Texans take over at the top

Posted Sept. 25, 2012 @ 12:52 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub and the Texans, one of just three remaining undefeated teams, take over at the top of our weekly NFL rankings.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week Three

Posted Sept. 24, 2012 @ 1:25 p.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week Three.

Texans hold off Broncos, Manning

Posted Sept. 23, 2012 @ 8:16 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning on Sunday, throwing four touchdown passes to lead the Texans to a 31-25 victory over the Broncos.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week Two

Posted Sept. 17, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week Two.

Foster, Texans run all over Jaguars

Posted Sept. 16, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

Texans' Watt quickly becoming dominant force

Posted Sept. 13, 2012 @ 5:08 p.m. ET
Texans DLE J.J. Watt began the 2012 campaign in similarly dominant fashion to his '11 postseason.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Texans becoming one of league's best organizations

Posted Sept. 11, 2012 @ 5:15 p.m. ET
By locking up QB Matt Schaub to a long-term extension, the Texans continued to prove that they understand the right way to build long-term success.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week One

Posted Sept. 10, 2012 @ 11:10 a.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week One.

Texans sign QB Schaub to extension

Posted Sept. 09, 2012 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub signed a contract extension Sunday that's reportedly worth $62 million over four years.

Texans pick Tannehill three times in 30-10 win

Posted Sept. 09, 2012 @ 4:26 p.m. ET
Houston's defense dominated rookie Ryan Tannehill and Miami in the Texans' 30-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Texans CB Harris making strides

Posted Sept. 07, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
After a very quiet rookie season, Texans CB Brandon Harris was the Texans most improved defensive player this summer.

Texans sign OT Harris

Posted Sept. 02, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m. ET
The Texans announced the signing of veteran OT Ryan Harris to replace injured OT Rashad Butler.

Bears trade FB Clutts to Texans for CB McManis

Posted Aug. 31, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m. ET
The Bears traded FB Tyler Clutts to the Teans for CB Sherrick McManis, PFW correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported.

Fan falls to death at Reliant Stadium

Posted Aug. 31, 2012 @ 10:26 a.m. ET
A fan who attended a preseason Texans' game at Reliant Stadium fell to his death from an escalator, officials said Friday.

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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