After a breakout season in 2015, Whitney Mercilus continued his rampage through the NFL during Week One's win over the Bears. Seems like the league took notice, as the Texans' outside linebacker was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week One of the 2016 NFL season.
#Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (@Merci380) is AFC Def. player of week. 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble.— Adam Wexler (@awexlerKPRC) September 14, 2016
Whitney Mercilus joins Mario Williams (2007) as only Texans to win Defensive Player of Week in Week 1 pic.twitter.com/wlO6U2fiCY— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) September 14, 2016
AFC Players of Week— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 14, 2016
O: DeAngelo Williams
D: Whitney Mercilus
ST: Stephen Gostkowski
O: Jameis Winston
D: Eric Kendricks
ST: Sam Martin
Congrats to Whitney on the well deserved recognition. It's your turn now, Jadeveon Clowney.
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