10 unheralded NFL players set to impact Wild Card Weekend

With the NFL playoffs set to start, there are a ton of previously unknown players looking to help their teams advance past the Wild Card round.From a veteran receiver in Green Bay who must step up for his Hall of Fame quarterback to a pass rusher in Houston who's finally found a way to perform like a first-round pick, it looks like some of these unheralded players are prepared to...
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Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy ‘s unexpected path to Buffalo

On Dec. 28, 2014, LeSean McCoy finished another season with the Philadelphia Eagles with a victory over the New York Giants rushing for 99 yards. After the game LeSean McCoy became the first Eagles tailback to rush for 1,300 yards three times. He wouldn’t get the chance to make it four. In one of the most shocking moves of the 2015 offseason, McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

10 unheralded NFL players set to make a major impact in Week 12

Last week saw the likes of Thomas Rawls and Brock Osweiler fill in for injured starters while leading their teams to important victories.  As has been the case during one of the most-surprising seasons in NFL history, this has happened over and over again through the first 11 weeks of the campaign. That is to say, unheralded players stepping up at key times.This week's action promises...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Houston Texans’ Rookies who will Impact Sunday’s Game

Some Houston Texans’ rookies have stepped up to play a large role this year, especially on defense. Houston faces a talented New York Jet’s offense this Sunday. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is having a good year and should be extra motivated as he faces his former team. The Jets have excellent offensive balance. Utilizing Chris Ivory on the ground and Brandon Marshall and...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texan’s Injury Report for Week 11

Lets look at the Houston Texan’s injury report and get updated on which players will and will not be available this Sunday. The Texans take on the New York Jets at NRG Stadium in H-Town this weekend. After a very physical Monday night affair with the Bengals, Houston is surprisingly healthy heading into the game. Here is an update on the Texan’s injuries and an outlook for participation...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans LB Mercilus once again called on to fill in for Clowney

A back injury suffered two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans will keep Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney out of the lineup for Monday night's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.Fortunately for the Texans, they've found a more than capable replacement in Whitney Mercilus.The four-year veteran recorded 3.5 sacks filling in for Clowney in the 20-6 win over the Titans...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

J.J. Watt Praises Whitney Mercilus After Being Asked About Jadeveon Clowney

When the Houston Texans drafted Jadeveon Clowney they likely envisioned having the most dynamic pass rush duo in recent NFL history on the field. They already knew what a beast Watt is, and they were trusting that the beast-like potential Clowney showed in college would translate to the NFL. So far--it hasn't happened, but not because he is not playing well.Clowney is flat out not...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans-Bengals Capsule

HOUSTON (3-5) at CINCINNATI (8-0) Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN OPENING LINE - Bengals by 10 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 3-5-0, Bengals 7-0-1 SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 5-4 LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Texans 22-13, Nov. 23, 2014 LAST WEEK - Texans had bye, beat Titans 20-6 on Nov. 1; Bengals beat Browns 31-10 AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 26, Bengals No. 2 TEXANS OFFENSE -...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans encourage LB Mercilus to leave comfort zone on right side

Filling in for an injured Jadeveon Clowney in Houston's 20-6 win over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 1, Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus recorded a career-high 3 1/2 sacks.Mercilus credited his strong performance in part to rushing from the right side of Houston's defense. It's a spot he's played in the past, including for much of last season, while Clowney was limited to just four...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Week 8 Summary – Texans vs. Titans

After being demolished by the Miami Dolphins in Week 7, the Texans returned home to face the division rival Tennessee Titans. Looking to salvage their season (while sadly still only one win and a tiebreaker behind division leader Indianapolis), Houston looked to improve their record to 3-5 against the 1-5 Titans. With a win Sunday, and a loss on Monday Night Football by Indianapolis...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans versus Houston Texans take aways

This past Sunday the Tennessee Titans travelled to NRG Stadium to face the Houston Texans in an AFC South matchup. Prior to the game both the Titans and Texans were struggling. The Titans had lost five straight games, and the Texans were coming off a 44-26 blowout to the Miami Dolphins. While the Texans rebounded from a poor performance, the Titans struggles continued. The Texans...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans tee off on Zach Mettenberger in win over Titans

Coming off a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans defense bounced back in a big way in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Tennessee Titans. Led by linebacker Whitney Mercilus and defensive end J.J. Watt, the Texans sacked Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger seven times, while hitting him on 14 occasions. The seven sacks tied a Houston franchise record. Mercilus was credited...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans LB Mercilus snaps sack drought

With his pair of sacks in Houston's 31-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus ended a sackless streak dating back to the end of last season.The linebacker's two sacks of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles were his first dating back Houston's season-ending game against Jacksonville last Dec. 28.“Just being diligent and working hard and trying...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans LB retweets negative comment about his own team

The Houston Texans are so bad this season that their own players are sharing negative stuff about the team on social media. On Sunday, Houston Chronicle writer John McClain tweeted a comment about the Astros that wasn’t exactly flattering for the 1-4 Texans. Did linebacker Whitney Mercilus agree with it? Here’s a screenshot that was captured by CBS Houston before Mercilus...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Texans LB Mercilus retweets criticism of the team

At 1-4, the Houston Texans are off to a rough start, and while the fans may be disappointed, at least one players seems to think the team is lacking something as well.Sunday, during the Houston Astros playoff win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, veteran Houston Chronicle sportswriter John McClain weighed in with his thoughts. McClain...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: Analyzing week four’s loss

Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) and linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) walk off of the field after their loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 48-21. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports The Houston Texans endured a crushing defeat against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. The final score was 48...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Like the Bucs, Texans searching for their niche on defense

The Buccaneers played a better brand of defensive football Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. Although they got the victory, there is still room for improvement.  Quarterback Drew Brees and his group of receivers found vulnerabilities in Tampa Bay’s defense. The Bucs defense did force stops, but there were several times where the Saints moved the ball walls. However, it...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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
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