“It’s new for me because I was ready last year, but I wasn’t used as much as a starter,” Mercilus said Tuesday. “Now I’m a starter and playing a lot more football. It’s taxing on the body but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
In 2013 Mercilus has recorded 13 tackles and one sack in his two starts. When asked how he was feeling after Sunday’s 30-24 overtime win against the Titans at Reliant Stadium, Mercilus replied with a big smile.
“Not too bad," he said. "Banged up, bruised a little bit. That’s the usual thing with football.”