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59 Whitney Mercilus OLB

Houston Texans

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Player Updates

January 14, 2021 08:40 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Activated from COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus missed the last two games of the regular season after landing on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. The linebacker racked up 21 tackles (12 solo), five sacks and three forced fumbles this season.

December 27, 2020 09:40 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Positive test confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday following a positive test for the virus, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus won't play in Sunday's game against the Bengals. Depending on when he tested positive for the virus, Mercilus may not play in next week's game against the Titans, either. Jonathan Greenard and Jacob Martin are candidates to take over as a starting outside linebacker, although both players should get plenty of tread until Mercilus returns.

December 25, 2020 04:24 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Lands on COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

The move means Mercilus either tested positive for the virus or is a high-risk close contact of an infected individual. Jonathan Greenard should have an increased defensive role while Mercilus is sidelined.

November 14, 2020 10:56 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Will play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus missed Week 9's win over the Jaguars while sitting on the reserve COVID-19 list. He did not contract the virus but was determined to be in close contact with Jacob Martin, who tested positive. Mercilus started the season slowly but has picked up in recent weeks. He has three sacks and four quarterback hits with one sack nullified by a penalty over his last four games played.

November 10, 2020 06:08 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Returns from COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 30-year-old was placed on the COVID-19 list last week as a close contact of the COVID-positive Jacob Martin, but he's now back on the active roster after clearing the league protocols. Mercilus has three sacks through seven games and should reclaim his starting role at outside linebacker for the Texans.

November 5, 2020 06:16 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Hits COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans placed Mercilus on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus was placed on the list due to coming into close contact with Jacob Martin, who tested positive for the virus Thursday. Mercilus will need to reside on the list for at least five days, meaning he won't be available for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. In his stead, Jonathan Greenard, Brennan Scarlett and Kyle Emanuel (concussion) would be in line to handle outside linebacker duties for the contest.

October 13, 2020 11:28 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Records sack in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had one tackle, a sack and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.

The fumble recovery was Mercilus' first of the season and led to the Texans' final points. He has just 13 tackles over five games, but Mercilus has three sacks the last two weeks.

October 6, 2020 04:00 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Takes down QB twice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus recorded four tackles (two solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.

Mercilus got off to a slow start this season with no sacks and no quarterback pressures through the first three games, but it appears he may have shaken off the rust Sunday, although Kirk Cousins has been sacked on 9.1 percent of his dropbacks -- the fifth-highest frequency in the league. We know this is in Mercilus' arsenal, though, as he's coming off a 7.5-sack season in 2019. He'll set his sights on Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars in Week 5, which should be another favorable matchup.

September 29, 2020 12:36 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Records first tackle for loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had four tackles, one for a loss, in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.

Mercilus has been quiet to open the season. Sunday's tackle for a loss was his first of the season, and he's yet to register a quarterback hit. Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension during the offseason, so more is expected of him.

January 13, 2020 07:28 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Minimal impact in playoff loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had one tackle and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Mercilus ended what is considered a successful season on a down note, as did the rest of the Houston defense which at one point allowed seven consecutive touchdown drives to Kansas City. He played a full 16-game schedule for the second straight season and proved himself a worthy successor to Jadeveon Clowney on the edge. Mercilus had 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. All that production earned him four additional years, so he'll patrol the edge and opponents' backfields in 2020.

January 6, 2020 06:24 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Makes impact in playoff win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus recorded four tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits and forced a fumble in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Early in the fourth quarter, Mercilus dislodged the ball from quarterback Josh Allen, which was recovered by teammate Jacob Martin and set up Houston's second score in its comeback victory. It was the fifth forced fumble of the year for Mercilus, who has thrived in the role once held by Jadeveon Clowney.

December 28, 2019 04:08 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Secures four more years
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus signed a four-year, $54 million contract extension with $24.5 million guaranteed with the Texans on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Texans have counted on Mercilus this season following the trade of Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle and J.J. Watt (pectoral) landing on IR. Mercilus has answered the call, recording 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks -- his highest total since 2016 -- and four forced fumbles. The 2012 first-round pick will avoid free agency in March, as he's locked down through the 2023 season.

December 20, 2019 01:56 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Named Pro Bowl alternate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus has been named a Pro Bowl alternate, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus is having a nice season during his walk year, improving his value in the pending free-agent market. The 29-year-old edge player has 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles , one fumble recovery and two interceptions.

October 21, 2019 04:04 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Back in sack column
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus recorded four tackles, a half-sack, one quarterback hit and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 30-23 loss to Indianapolis in Week 7.

Mercilus recorded his first sack since Week 4 and leads the Texans with 5.5 for the season. The fumble recovery was his first to go along with four forced fumbles.

September 30, 2019 09:08 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Keep sack streak alive
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus recorded two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and forced a fumble in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.

Mercilus recorded a sack for the fourth straight contest and leads the Texans in that category with five over the first four weeks. That's as many as he had over the last two seasons (21 games).

September 23, 2019 08:00 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Forces turnover in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had five tackles, two tackles for losses, a quarterback hit and a strip sack in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.

For the second week in a row, a turnover caused by Mercilus led to Houston's game-winning score. His strip sack of quarterback Phil Rivers caused a fumble recovered by teammate Zach Cunningham and led to Houston's third touchdown. He leads the team with four sacks, has caused three fumbles and owns an interception through three weeks.

September 18, 2019 10:56 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Wins weekly award
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hits and two tackles during Houston's 13-12 win over Jacksonville. This marks the second time he's won the weekly award. Through two weeks, the edge rusher has three sacks and one interception.

September 16, 2019 07:52 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Makes impact again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had two tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits and two forced fumbles in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.

Mercilus' second forced fumble, recovered by J.J. Watt on Jacksonville's 11-yard line, led to Houston's lone touchdown. The performance was his first multi-sack game since 2016. No longer limited to dropping back in coverage, Mercilus is allowed to focus on getting to the quarterback in 2019, a return to the type of player he was from 2012 to 2016 when had a combined 37.5 sacks. Through two weeks in 2019, Mercilus has seven tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

September 10, 2019 03:48 PM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Excellent opening performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus made five tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and an interception in Monday's loss to the Saints.

Mercilus is being counted on to replace Jadeveon Clowney at outside linebacker, and he was outstanding. He strutted out his versatility, as he worked well in coverage and pass-rushing situations. This is an encouraging sign for the Texans, especially since it came against an accurate Drew Brees and a tough offensive line. Mercilus is a solid IDP pickup with a Week 2 matchup against rookie QB Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars on tap.

September 6, 2019 08:00 AM
Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Clowney replacement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will use Mercilus as an edge pass rusher to make up for the loss of Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crennel started the process during training camp and preseason games when Clowney was a holdout, so Mercilus should hit the ground running (or pass rushing) from the edge Week 1. He was used more in pass coverage last season, which played a role in him recording just four sacks. When he played a pass-rushing role previously, Mercilus recorded 37.5 sacks over a five-year stretch from 2012 to 2016.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Thu 09/10@ KCL 20-3430300000
Sun 09/20vs BALL 16-3300000000
Sun 09/27@ PITL 21-2823500000
Sun 10/04vs MINL 23-3122420000
Sun 10/11vs JACW 30-1410110000
Sun 10/18@ TENL 36-4200000000
Sun 10/25vs GBL 20-3501100000
Sun 11/15@ CLEL 7-1022400000
Sun 11/22vs NEW 27-2010100000
Thu 11/26@ DETW 41-2510110100
Sun 12/06vs INDL 20-2600000000
Sun 12/13@ CHIL 7-3600000000
Sun 12/20@ INDL 20-2701100000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020HOU131221129400001
2019HOU16164833157.52888602
2018HOU169392118400000
2017HOU551091100000
2016HOU15155336177.500001
2015HOU16105232201200002
2014HOU1513503119500001
2013HOU1616473314700000
2012HOU16425205600001
Total128100345 228.0117 54.02888607
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/258
Birthdate:
07/21/1990
Age:
30
Hometown:
Akron, OH
School:
Illinois
NFL Experience:
9
Awards: