Mercilus recorded eight tackles (five solo) including three sacks in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs. Mercilus finished up the season in style with 6.5 sacks in Week 17 and the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Texans locked him up in the offseason leading up to 2015, and he was a big part of the defense that finished third in pass defense and fifth in sacks. Merciuls, Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt are the keys to Houston's pass defense.
Mercilus (back) had five tackles (three solo), including 3.5 sacks in Houston's 30-6 win over Jacksonville in Week 17. He added a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the win. Mercilus plays the same position as Jadeveon Clowney and is not a full-timer on defense, but he posted a career-high 12.0 sacks in 2015. He's had 30 sacks over his first four seasons in the league.
Mercilus filled in for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (back) and had 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in Sunday's win over the Titans. Mercilus has seen his snap count reduced since Clowney has been available, but he's not around, Mercilus has been productive with 5.5 sacks this season.
Mercilus filled in at weak outside linebacker for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) and had two sacks in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. The sacks were his first two of the season and Mercilus will continue to fill in on the weak side until Clowney returns. John Simon, who had a sack Sunday, stepped into the starting lineup at strong side linebacker after Mercilus shifted to replace Clowney.
The Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Whitney Mercilus, the Houston Chronicle reports. Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.