Last season Whitney Mercilus was the Texans’ third best pass rusher. He accounted for almost 30 pressures, but didn’t get to the quarterback. The Texans used him as a wide 9 edge rusher so J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney could rush tight on the tackle’s shoulders and keep attacking 1 v. 1 blocks. This desire to keep Clowney and Watt on the edges neutered Mercilus’s pass rush. He isn’t a speed and bend guy. He isn’t Von Miller. He’s a hands and rip guy that needs to play right on the tackle.