Whitney Mercilus

#59 LB / Houston Texans / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 258 lb Age: 28 College: Illinois Bye 10

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Finishes on positive note

    Whitney Mercilus had two tackles and assisted on a sack in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville.Mercilus finished off a down year on an up note. Coming off a 2017 season shortened to five games by a pectoral injury, Mercilus didn't play in the preseason due to a hamstring injury and was slow to make an impact when he returned for the regular season. Mercilus managed to play all 16 games, something coach Bill O'Brien values, and was in on 75 percent of the defensive snaps, down from the 86 percent he played during his last full season. He'll enter 2019 with one season left on a four-year deal.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Shows out Monday

    Whitney Mercilus recorded five tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks across 47 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Titans.Mercilus has had a nose for the quarterback the past two weeks, recording 2.5 sacks during that span. He'll take on the Browns next, who have allowed 35 sacks this season, which is seventh-highest in the league.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Posts sack in win

    Whitney Mercilus recorded three tackles (two solo), including one sack, in Sunday's win over the Redskins.Mercilus has had a relatively disappointing season by his standards. Averaging just over two stops per game, he's on pace for the lowest season totals in tackles and sacks since his rookie year (save for his injury-shortened 2017 campaign). Looking ahead, he'll aim to carry over his strong play into Week 12 as the Houston Texans take on Tennessee.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Notches first sack

    Whitney Mercilus had four tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Jaguars.Mercilus had a breakout game Week 7 after recording just 13 tackles over the first six weeks. Whether or not a preseason strained hamstring and/or last year's torn pectoral muscle has limited Mercilus, Sunday's outing was a promising sign for the rest of the season.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: In rotation on edge

    Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said Whitney Mercilus has received fewer opportunities because he's part of a playing rotation, which has contributed to his slow start to the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.Mercilus, who didn't record a tackle in 50 snaps (80.6%) last week, has just nine tackles overall -- including one for a loss -- with three quarterback hits and no sacks. "Whitney understands what I'm trying to get done, and why he's not in there quite as much and he goes in there and he performs when he's in there," said Crennel. "There's some value in that as well. I know everybody says, he should have 12 sacks and all that good stuff, but if he does his job and helps the team win, then we'll all be satisfied." It sounds like Crennel is providing cover for the six-year veteran, who had 37.5 sacks over his first five seasons, as Mercilus has played more than 80 percent of the defensive snaps. The production dropoff may be the result of health; Merciuls may not be fully over last year's pectoral injury and a hamstring injury that kept him out all preseason.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Tallies three QB hits in Week 4

    Whitney Mercilus recorded one tackle and three quarterback hits Sunday in the Houston Texans' 37-34 overtime win over the Colts.These were Mercilus' first quarterback hits of the season. He missed all of preseason with a hamstring injury, but any rust should have worn off by now. While Mercilus' production has lagged, the silver lining is that the team's top two pass rushers, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, created havoc against the Colts. If both remain consistently productive, it could open more lanes to the quarterback for Mercilus.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Looking for first sack

    Whitney Mercilus continues to work his way back from a strained hamstring, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The linebacker has zero sacks and five tackles through two games.Mercilus has gotten off to a slow start after missing all of preseason with a hamstring injury, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel sees improvement. "He's gotten better. Because he's rusty in the first game, but he's improving every week as well. We talk about knocking rust off, and he's knocking his rust off and he's getting his take-off better, his counter moves and things like that. So, every week, we should see some progress," said Crennel. With opponents double-teaming J.J. Watt, a healthy Mercilus will be in position to apply pressure on quarterbacks and possibly accrue sacks.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Ready to play Sunday

    Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) was a full participant in Friday's practice and will play Sunday against the Patriots.Mercilus will start at outside linebacker in the season opener. He can add a sustained pass rush to the Houston Texans' defensive front, as he had 19.5 sacks between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Mercilus only played five games last season due to a pectoral injury and made 10 tackles and one sack. The 28-year-old could be a sleeper IDP pick due to his lack of fantasy production lately.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Limited Wednesday

    Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.Mercilus missed most of preseason with the injury, but is expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against New England.

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    Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Returns to field

    Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) returned to the field and is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "It feels good to be back with the team and be back against the Patriots, that's the goal," Mercilus said. "I'm ready to go out there and run and make plays. I don't think I've dropped off."Mercilus landed on injured reserve halfway through last season suffering a torn pectoral muscle. He then returned to action in training camp but missed time due to a "soft-tissue" injury. However, it seems as if the veteran linebacker is feeling optimistic about his current status and is hopeful to take the field Sunday.