Mercilus Thriving In Natural Role

Three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception through two games

Jeremy Branham
September 16, 2019 - 3:08 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Whitney Mercilus has taken to his old, natural role to the tune of three sacks through two games.

“He’s played well. He’s been very productive, plays fast. He’s had good plays in the run game and obviously, yesterday he had some big plays for us in the passing game. He’s played well,” Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien said. 

In 2018, Mercilus was playing in Brennan Scarlett’s new role, which is more about setting the edge, stopping the run, dropping in coverage than attacking the quarterback.

When Jadeveon Clowney was holding out of training camp, and then eventually traded, it allowed Mercilus to slide back to a role he feels very comfortable in.

“A few limited drops and what not. Now I get to go ahead and go out there and go tee it up. Do what I do best, get after the quarterback, cause turnovers, and all that. It's been fun. It's been fun. I enjoy it,” Mercilus said after the Texans’ 13-12 win over Jacksonville. 

In 2015, Mercilus had a career high 12 sacks, and based on Mercilus’ play through two games of the Texans’ season, that number could be in reach.

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