JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (AP) - Jeremy Mincey will never forget his first career start. Unfortunately for him, those memories have little to do with his performance.
Mincey made a few mental mistakes, had some technique issues, shattered his cast and left coach Jack Del Rio looking for improvement. Mincey believes his second start will be considerably better. The Jaguars (5-4) host the Cleveland Browns (3-6) on Sunday.
“I didn’t play a bad, horrible game,” Mincey said Wednesday. “I watched the film five times. There were some things I could have done better, but as far as playing hard and hustle, those were there. It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. But that’s just rust.”
Before the game against Houston, Mincey hadn’t played since Oct. 24 at Kansas City. He broke his right hand a few days later, missed the following game at Dallas and then had a bye week.
The result: Mincey’s first career start was more like a complete reboot.
“I’ve got to … learn to train my mind to do this on a repeated basis,” he said. “Being a backup is a little different. You go in for five plays and you’re focused for five plays. I’ve just got to turn the mental part of my game up.”
Mincey played a career-high 48 snaps against the Texans. Some of those came with the cast on his right hand falling apart. But instead of taking a seat on the training table or the bench, Mincey stayed in the game.
“If I re-break the hand, I re-break the hand. I’ve got to continue to go out there. I just didn’t even think about it. I just thought about winning the game,” he said.
The coaches love Mincey’s attitude, work ethic and motor _ things they weren’t totally pleased with regarding former first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey. They benched Harvey last month _ finally giving up on the eighth overall pick from the 2008 draft _ and turned the position over to Mincey.
“I’ve got to get my muscle memory back for playing on the right side, but I think that will come this week,” Mincey said.
Mincey, who has 23 tackles and a sack this season, got to quarterback Matt Schaub twice on Sunday. Mincey thought he had a sack when Schaub threw out of bounds, but officials didn’t flag him for intentional grounding.View Entire Story
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