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Whitney Mercilus

27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

2017 Defensive Stats

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2017 Defensive Projections

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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...

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2017 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  7

STATUS:  OUT  (IR)     INJURY:  Pectoral
HT: 6' 4"   WT: 265   DOB: 7/21/1990
College: Illinois  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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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.

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Mercilus (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Whitney Mercilus NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 18 CFB 7 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 19 CFB 10 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2011 20 CFB 13 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2012 21 HOU 16 18 15 3 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013 22 HOU 16 47 33 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 23 HOU 15 50 31 19 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2015 24 HOU 16 52 32 20 12 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2016 25 HOU 15 53 36 17 7.5 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0
2017 26 HOU 5 10 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Whitney Mercilus – Playing Time Overview

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#3 Outside Linebacker
  1. Brennan Scarlett
  2. Lamarr Houston
  3. Whitney Mercilus
Houston Texans

Snap Count Stats

204

Defensive Snaps in 2017

Whitney Mercilus was on the field for 204 of his team's snaps on defense in 2017.

15

Special Teams Snaps in 2017

Whitney Mercilus was on the field for 15 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2017.

Year Def ST
2015 741 150
2016 874 98
2017 204 15
Whitney Mercilus 2017 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Jax 55 6 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Cin 51 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @NE 65 4 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 Ten 26 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 KC 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cle
7 BYE Bye Week
8 @Sea
9 Ind
10 @LAR
11 Ari
12 @Bal
13 @Ten
14 SF
15 @Jax
16 Pit
17 @Ind

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Whitney Mercilus
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 4"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   265 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.68 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.53 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.17 sec
AVERAGE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   32 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   118 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   27 reps
GREAT
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Whitney Mercilus: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and will require season-ending surgery, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Mercilus left Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a chest injury and won't return.

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Mercilus was limited in Thursday's practice due to an ankle injury.

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Mercilus recorded his first sack of the season in Sunday's 36-33 loss to the Pats to go along with five solo tackles and a forced fumble.

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Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game.

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Mercilus had seven tackles (five solo), including two sacks and three for a loss, in Houston's 27-14 win over Oakland in Saturday's AFC wild-card round playoff game.

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Mercilus had three tackles and two sacks in Houston's 12-10 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

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Mercilus (back) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

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Mercilus (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Mercilus (back) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Jacksonville.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012

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.