With "pent up rage and anger" driving Mercilus, his on field performance has helped the Texans defense to rise to the occasion.
After back to back years struggling with injuries, Mercilus feels more comfortable at his natural position, ready to "showcase what people didn't think I was able to do especially at my age and what year I am in the league." Mercilus has certainly showcased his talents this year, so far leading the league in forced fumbles (4) and ranking top 5 in sacks (5). He is already on pace to shatter his breakout 2015 campaign of 12 sacks, averaging 1.25 sacks per game.
Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke highly of Mercilus at Monday's press conference citing how good he is as a run and pass defender along with his instinctive talents.
Mercilus on Monday broke down how the Texans defense has improved this year.
"Stopping the run better, and making sure when we're in critical moments, rising to the occasion," he said.
Mercilus also cited his 2018 season, where he was only hurt during training camp.
"So all you're seeing is pent up rage and anger that's transpiring on the field right now," Mercilus said.
With Mercilus stepping up it certainly has begun to fill the void Jadeveon Clowney left since being traded to Seattle, and should he continue a Pro Bowl selection could very well he on the horizon.