Coming into the 2011 season most of the attention on the Jaguars defensive line was being directed towards Tyson Alualu, Terrance Knighton and Aaron Kampman.
However, it has been the emergence of defensive end Jeremy Mincey that has helped solidify the Jaguars defensive line and has helped the improvement of their pass rush.
Mincey started to emerge in 2010 when he got a chance to start after Kampman went down with a knee injury. He led the Jaguars in sacks last year with five. Now he once again leads the Jaguars in sacks and he is the team leader in quarterback pressures.
Now after his 2.5 sack performance against the Colts on Sunday, people are starting to pay attention to Mincey. That has never really been the case throughout his career.
Mincey’s path to get where he is now was loaded with adversity. After the Jaguars signed him off of the 49ers practice squad late in his rookie season in 2006, he spent most of the next three seasons battling injuries that limited his opportunities to get on the field.
His injury problems were so troubling that even the Jaguars gave up on Mincey. He spent the entire 2009 season out of football after the Jaguars released him before the season, but they brought him back as a free agent before the 2010 season.
Mincey has rewarded the Jaguars for giving him a second chance by becoming their most consistent edge pass rusher and one of the main reasons they are currently the 4th ranked defense in the NFL.