27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Mercilus is finally starting to get his due. He’s been a disruptor since his rookie season in 2012, registering no fewer than five sacks in any of his five NFL seasons. He’ll start at outside line...
Whitney Mercilus Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $26 million extension with Houston in May 2015. $10.8 million is guaranteed. Contract expires after the 2019 season.
Mercilus (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The plan the last couple of seasons has been to have Mercilus come off the bench, but injuries forced him to into a bigger role -- 23 starts the last two seasons -- and the Texans have benefited. The former first-round pick registered a career-high 12 sacks in 2015 and added three more in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. He's recorded 30 sacks while missing just one game in four NFL seasons. If he's not a starter in 2016, he'll certainly be on the field in passing situations. Twelve sacks are a bit lofty, but there will be opportunities as teams need to throw numbers at defensive standout J.J. Watt.
Mercilus filled in for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and re-established his value after it looked like Clowney was poised to take over the starting outside linebacker job Mercilus had held his first two seasons. With Clowney on the PUP list during training camp, he's not a lock to make the starting lineup when Houston kicks off the regular season. Until that time, Mercilus will continue to start.
Mercilus will start at one of the outside linebacker positions for Houston. With 13 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, Mercilus is one to watch as an IDP.
Mercilus, Houston's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, is slated to replace the departed Connor Barwin (Philadelphia) as a starting outside linebacker (the Will). As a rookie, he recorded 6.0 sacks and forced two fumbles. He's the next big pass-rushing threat on Houston's defense.
The team's first round pick this season, Mercilus will provide the Texans with a speed pass rusher on the edge, playing as a defensive end or outside linebacker.