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Author: Jon Kuzma
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One of the more compelling storylines of the 2019 season has been the resurgence of Whitney Mercilus. The Houston Texans took a big risk when they traded away Jadeveon Clowney but they got lucky because Mercilus has really stepped up. Through two games he has 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles.
Proving Mercilus is finally getting back up to the speed he was at before tearing his pectoral in 2017. Last year that injury was lingering a little bit but now it’s clear this guy is good to go. One other thing that’s somewhat surprising is J.J Watt has been a little quiet this season. Houston needs him to get going and be Mercilus’ wing-man. So you can begin to see how much the 29 year outside linebacker (Mercilus) means to this defense. He’s taken it upon himself to be the tone setter for this group. Clowney’s gone that’s fine. Watt hasn’t recorded a sack that’s fine. Someone has to step up and make a play. Up to this point Whitney Mercilus has shown that’s not a problem for him and it’s good to see him turn the clock back. This is actually the final year of his contract and obviously there’s a big opportunity to cash in if he can continue playing at such a high level.
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Whitney Mercilus is starting to look like a younger version of himself.