Texans LB Whitney Mercilus Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

He sacked and forced a fumble on Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew in the fourth quarter for a loss of nine yards

Brandon Scott
September 18, 2019 - 10:25 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) -- Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Mercilus had two sacks in the Texans win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

He's taken to his old, natural role to the tune of three sacks through two games.

“Now I get to go ahead and go out there and go tee it up," Mercilus said Sunday. "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 also had two forced fumbles, two quarterback hits and a pair of tackles aginst the Jaguars. 

He sacked and forced a fumble on Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew in the fourth quarter for a loss of nine yards. DE J.J. Watt recovered the fumble at the Jacksonville 11-yard line and Houston scored the game-deciding touchdown just four plays later. Mercilus also sacked and forced a fumble on Minshew in the second quarter for a loss of nine yards. He is the only player in the NFL with multiple forced fumbles in a game in 2019.

Mercilus recorded a sack in consecutive games for the first time since weeks 11-12 of the 2018 season and ninth time overall in his NFL career of 2018 at Jacksonville.

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