Making the Leap, No. 25: Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus

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    I agree that Merci will have a break out season and stated my expectations last week in a post. Maybe I'm sipping the cool-aid; but just a small sip. Double digit sacks is only four more than he got last year in a very limited role. And he should get off to a fast start, with teams concentrating on JJ. To repeat, I don't think a 15 sack season is beyond belief.
     
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    Not having seen merciless yet since last season, based on what I've seen up until now, I'd guess that merciless will start losing snaps to the young rookie olb's by week 3.

    I didn't see what the hype was in college and seeing him in the nfl he looked about the same.

    Now, I would never rule out a player improving. He could very well have made exponential improvement this off season. That's what it'll take IMO...exponential growth for him to be the pass rushing olb we need.
     
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    If Mercilus can step up and have a breakout season it would go a long ways for this defense which imo has major holes especially the LB corp.
     
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    I agree. I don't think he's headed for a breakout season. For him to get into double digits he'd have to had major improvements in his game.

    He's not "fast" He's not going to beat anyone around the corner. He's not "strong" he's not going to bull-rush an offensive tackle into the QB.

    What he's got is good instincts, a nose for the ball, & appears to have somewhat of an ability to stay clean amidst traffic (like on that last video). Those would be great traits if he were an ILB (but right now he's too small for that in a 3-4) or if we've got excellent coverage on the back end.

    At least Connor was able to get around the end forcing the QB to step up. I'm not seeing that with Mercilus & that might affect Smith & Watt.

    I'm hearing great things about Travardo's speed. I'm hearing great things about Montgomery's explosiveness. Really haven't heard much about Whitney (other than we expect big things from him).
     
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    Good take. Hopefully, I'm wrong, but I see him as the next Travis Johnson type. He was taken in the 1st round but wont live up to expectations. :wadepalm:

    I could be wrong though, he might just need the time to get some significant playing time.

    I have a good feeling about Travardo and Sonic too, I get a feeling they might be the next Demeco type for this team.
     
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    I'm looking forward to improved production from our front seven overall. I'm not gonna be happy if its the J.J. & Ninja show again this year.
     
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    The coaches do not seem to share your opinion on the proper size for a 3-4 ILB.

    Mercilus 257 lbs

    Cushing 255 lbs - not drafted for ILB
    Sharpton 234 lbs
    Dobbins 236 lbs
    Davis 238 lbs
     


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    Maybe it's the pads he wears..... or he's taller & doesn't carry it the same way. The other guys look stouter.
     
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    Besides Cushing I think he's like 3 or 4 inches taller than those other guys. Not sure what that means...just throwing it out there...
     
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    Texans' Mercilus transitions to full-time role

     
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    He was a DE, so I guess he has a lankier build?
     
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    Hey Merci it is time to rise and shine.
     
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    Jefferon, Cushing, Reed, Mercilus would make a helluva starting LB corps if Jefferson and Mercilus were to improve on stopping the run and setting the edge. It would certainly be hell on wheels in passing situations.
     
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    Yep....lets go!
     
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    He had 16 sacks and 9 forced fumbles in one season. That's a pretty big deal.
     
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    I'm talking about how he looked on film. Lots of guys put up stats in the NCAA.

    Merciless looked good last night thought. It didn't show up in the sacks department, but I think he's going to have a good year.
     
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    Last night the defense looked ridiculous in the second half. Only problem was we could never finish the sack. It seemed like every other play we were sending loads of guys after rivers and we would penetrate the pocket with ease but he always got rid of the ball. Pretty frustrating to see us never get the sack but the disruption was certainly good to see.

    I can only hope those sacks will start falling into place.
     
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    Yeah he was sending the ball outta there real quick, resulting in lots of incomplete passes. I don't even remember them converting a 3rd down in the 2nd half after our D stepped up
     
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    Mercilus recorded a sack as did Manning. There could have been more but we werent blanked
     

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