Nick Caserio: Releasing Whitney Mercilus gives others a chance to perform

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The Texans released defensive end Whitney Mercilus on Tuesday in a move that could give the veteran a chance to hook up with a contending team while Houston continues a year that appears destined to end with a losing record.

That was the outlook heading into the season and the 1-5 start to the year has done nothing to suggest that better days are ahead for the Texans. That makes player development a key for the rest of the year and General Manager Nick Caserio said that was the driving factor behind Mercilus’ release.

Caserio pointed to players like Jonathan Greenard, DeMarcus Walker, Jacob Walker, and Charles Omenihu as those who could benefit from more playing time.

“It gives some other players maybe another opportunity to go out there and play and perform,” Caserio said, via the team’s website. “We’ve had some players early in the season, JG, D-Walk, Jacob Martin, some other guys. Charles has played a little bit earlier. This presents opportunities for some other players, so the door’s open right now.”

Greenard was inactive for the first two games of the year, but has four sacks in the last four weeks and looks like the team’s top pass rusher with Mercilus gone.

9 responses to “Nick Caserio: Releasing Whitney Mercilus gives others a chance to perform

  1. Maybe the Chiefs should take a look at him. If they were offered a ham sandwich for Frank Clark they would be fools to turn it down.

  2. Makes sense. The D-line has looked strong at times, so I would be curious to see how those guys continue to develop with more reps. Mercilus was a great player for this team and a great leader. Some contender will be lucky to pick him up.

  3. Charles Omenihu when he is allowed to play shows he is their best defensive line player but they refuse to play him even when healthy. Must be that “culture” thing of theirs. He will be gone at the end of the year for sure.

  4. He should go to the Pats to join a winning organization. Ha, those were the days. I can’t even say this with a straight face anymore.

  5. General Manager Nick Caserio…Over/Under he doesn’t have that title after his name. 6months

    Watson should have been traded and Mercilus also, last off-season. Would have gotten value.

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