Evaluating 10 Texans First Rounders

The 2002 NFL Draft was an iconic one. With the first overall pick in the draft, the Houston Texans selected QB David Carr out of Fresno State. It was the first time in history that 32 teams would draft players who would hopefully become stars.Though the Carr pick didn't quite work out for the Texans, there were several other picks that worked extremely well for the team in Houston...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Nick Foles and Todd Gurley Transform the St. Louis Rams’ Offense in 2015?

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 02: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes against Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans in the first quarter in a NFL game on November 2, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) It’s no secret that the St. Louis Rams struggled with their offensive production in 2014. They placed 28th in the NFL in total...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

5 reasons why Whitney Mercilus will be merciless this season

"Under the radar" should be his nickname. The 24-year-old linebacker has three seasons behind him in red, white and blue. He's had a total of 122 combined tackles, 18 sacks and four forced fumbles. Last season he clocked 50 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles. That's obviously nothing compared to teammate J.J. Watt, but he would be an important piece in every defense in the...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: The Bruce Irvin Conundrum

Seattle Seahawks defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin is set to be a free agent in 2016 after the team did not exercise his $7.8 million option for next season. It was a front office move that Irvin did not like one bit, going off on social media. The former 15th overall draft pick in 2012 is certainly looking to get a sweet deal beyond his rookie contract (which pays him...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans are bringing back a key part of their pass-rush with extension

J.J. Watt is obviously the centerpiece of the Texans’ defense, but his success is also partly because of the pieces that surround him. The Texans are making sure that all the pieces will be there in 2015 to ensure their success on the defensive side of the ball continues. Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus signs 4-year extension: The Houston Texans signed outside lin… http:...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 2014 Final Report Card And 2015 Outlook

If the ultimate goal of reaching the Suoer Bowl justifies an overall grade for an NFL team- the Texans would receive an 'F'- as would 29 other franchise.And heading into 2015, a few areas of concern have started to clear themselves up and place the Texans in a much brighter spot.One area of concern was shoring up arguably one of the Texans brightest spots on defense- Whitney Mercilus...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Houston Texans have the best front 7 in football?

It was a no brainer for the Houston Texans to take care of outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus. The former first round pick took on more importance in the defense, with 50 tackles, including 9 for loss, as well as 5 sacks. Mercilus’ ascension, plus resident stud JJ Watt and a cast that’s deep and talented makes one wonder if the Texans have the best “front 7″ (defensive linemen...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans extend OLB Whitney Mercilus

This is the classic case of a team overpaying for a marginal talent. Mercilus has largely been disappointing since the Texans drafted him 26th overall in 2012. Mercilus has graded out below average in all 3 seasons he’s been in the NFL, including 28th out of 34 eligible in 2012 and 42nd out of 42 eligible in 2013. He’s coming off of the best season of his career in 2014, but...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus signs 4-year contract extension

  The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a four-year contract extension on Monday. A first-round draft pick in 2012, Mercilus has appeared in 47 games (33 starts) and has made 139 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Last season, Mercilus had 50 tackles and five sacks. Playing on the opposite side from...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans Sign Whitney Mercilus to Four-Year, $26 Million Extension

After failing to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, the Houston Texans have rewarded former first-round pick Whitney Mercilus with a four-year, $26 million extension. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reports that the extension calls for a $5.25 million signing bonus and $10.8 million guaranteed. Mercilus, the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, has put up...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans sign extension with LB Mercilus

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a four-year contract extension on Monday. A first-round draft pick in 2012, Mercilus has appeared in 47 games (33 starts) and has made 139 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Last season, Mercilus had 50 tackles and five sacks. Playing on the opposite...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans Reward Whitney Mercilus With Four-Year Extension

The Houston Texans have signed edge rusher Whitney Mercilus to a four-year contract extension worth $26 million with $10.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. For the #Texans and DE Whitney Mercilus, it’s a 4-year deal worth $26M with $10.5M guaranteed. He gets this and no fifth-year option. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 4, 2015   Sunday was...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans sign DE Whitney Mercilus to four-year deal

The Houston Texans and defensive end Whitney Mercilus agreed to a four-year deal worth $26 million with $10.5 million guaranteed, reports ESPN’s Tania Ganguli and NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport. Mercilus’s four-year extension is for $26 million. He’s under contract until 2019. #Texans — Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) May 4, 2015 For the #Texans and DE Whitney Mercilus...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans Signing OLB Whitney Mercilus To A Four-Year, $26M Extension

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have reached an agreement with OLB Whitney Mercilus on a four-year contract extension. Tania Ganguli reports receives a four-year deal worth $26 million. According to John McClain, the contract includes 10.8 guaranteed with a $5.25 million signing bonus. This comes shortly after the team declined to pick up Mercilus’...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans Still Discussing Whether To Pick Up OLB Whitney Mercilus’ Option

Texans GM Rick Smith told reporters on Tuesday that they are still in the process of discussing whether or not to pick up OLB Whitney Mercilus‘ fifth-year option, per Brian T. Smith. It would cost the Texans $7.751 million for the 2016 season if they were to exercise Mercilus’ option. However, this figure is guaranteed for injury ...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Reloading The Musket - Part 4: Patriots Looking For Pass Rush Depth To Step Up

Sheard is a relentless strong-side pass rusher that could spell Ninkovich, or even bump him to outside linebackerMost folks who follow football will be familiar with the name Whitney Mercilus.No, the relentless edge rusher for the Houston Texans hasn't popped up in any rumored connections with the New England Patriots - though their starry-eyed fans are always on the lookout for...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Inactives for Texans and Colts Week 15

The Colts can wrap up the AFC South with a win over the Texans on Sunday. Below is the complete list of inactives for the Colts and the Texans. Texans Inactives: WR Andre Johnson, TE Garrett Graham, LB Whitney Mercilus, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, QB Thad Lewis, CB Andre Hal and DB Josh Aubrey. The big name here is Andre Johnson, however he was never expected to play after suffering a...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Behind Enemy Lines: 5 Things to Know About Houston

I sat down with Houston Texans lead writer Caleb Colmenero to get a little insight on the other side of this matchup.1. What does Ryan Mallett need to do this Sunday, as well as for the rest of this season, to establish himself as the future of the Houston Texans?Caleb: This week will be the Ryan Mallett’s first career start in his entire four-year career. Most of his time in the...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Eagles QB Nick Foles injures non-throwing shoulder

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles underwent X-rays for a left shoulder injury in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, the team announced. His return is questionable. Foles, who got hit by Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus, walked to the locker room for further examination. Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez replaced Foles and piloted a scoring drive.  
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Eagles QB Foles injured against Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has left Sunday's game against the Texans with a possible shoulder injury, and his return is questionable. He was taken in for X-rays on his left shoulder after being sacked twice in three plays by Whitney Mercilus in the first quarter. Mark Sanchez took over for Foles. Texans cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kareem were also...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Foles leaves game with shoulder injury

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles left Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with a shoulder injury. The injury occurred when Foles was sacked by Whitney Mercilus. Nick Foles heads to locker room after getting sacked #6abcEagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/2GlaPQXQ8o — Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) November 2, 2014 Mark Sanchez came in to replace Foles. Right...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney could return for Week 8

The Houston Texans have been without rookie outside linebacker and first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney since Week 1 when he suffered a knee injury against Washington. According to HoustonTexans.com, there is a decent chance that the number one overall pick could play this Sunday against AFC South division rival, Tennessee Titans. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said on Monday that...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans Stock Watch Headed Into Week 7

The season is moving along quickly, and with that, we’re learning more about who will be the studs for this season, and who will be the duds. We’re going to take a look at the Houston Texans stock so far through the season, and who I believe is on the rise as well as who will be on the downward slope. On the Rise: #456962710 / gettyimages.com Arian Foster It’s hard...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans-Raiders Preview

The Houston Texans used a strong defensive effort to snap a 14-game losing streak in the opener, but the victory cost them the top overall draft pick for at least a quarter of the season. Even without Jadeveon Clowney, they could be poised for another stingy performance facing the Oakland Raiders. Coach Bill O'Brien believes former first-round selection Whitney Mercilus can continue...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Sources: Jadeveon Clowney out 4-6 weeks with meniscus tear

  Houston's Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick in this year's draft, tore the meniscus in his knee and could miss 4-6 weeks, FOX Sports Texans Insider John McLain and other media reported. According to McLain, 2012 first-round pick Whitney Mercilus will start in Clowney's place. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that, according to a source, Clowney will have surgery on Monday...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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