2015 was a season which saw Whitney Mercilus get a new contract and many were uneasy about his new deal. He answered the bell and, along with J.J. Watt, became the first Texans’ pass-rushing duo in franchise history to each have double digit sacks in the same season. Each season, since arriving to the Texans, Mercilus has steadily improved year-to-year. It started with his run defense and he has slowly built his pass rushing arsenal over the years.
Mercilus has consistently, for the past two seasons, been one of the top three defenders for the defense. Last season, Mercilus showed he can be more than just a run defender and was able to produce double digit sacks. He is a rare combination of size and speed that 3-4 teams want on the edge and Mercilus is turning himself into one of the top outside linebackers in the NFL.
A foundational piece of the defense, Mercilus will start once again at outside linebacker.
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