Whitney Mercilus says his down year wasn't due to injury

Whitney Mercilus joins The Jake Asman Show to discuss the 2018 Texans season, and how the team was able to come back from an 0-3 start to win the division. According to Mercilus, the team's improvement on special teams in 2018 was a big factor for the Texans. Houston's weakness in this area has been an issue for several seasons, and they showed noticeable improvement in 2018. Whitney also talks about coming back from a pectoral injury he suffered in 2017, and how he got off to a slow start after tweaking his hamstring in training camp.

Later, Mercilus shares his thoughts on what makes J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney so special, and how the addition of safety Tyrann Mathieu impacted the team. Finally, Whitney talks about Deshaun Watson's toughness and how expects him to get substantially better every year.

You can listen to the full interview above, and make sure to catchThe Jake Asman Showon SB Nation Radio.

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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

Be sure to check out the video above as we debate this hot topic!

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