LONDON — Defensive ends George Selvie and Jeremy Mincey were once teammates together for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2011-12.
First, the club released Selvie in the middle of the 2012 season. A year later, they released Mincey in the same fashion, even though the eight-year veteran had just signed a four-year extension with the two off-seasons prior. After bouncing around the league, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s two "rush men" found their way on the Dallas Cowboys — first Selvie in 2013 and then Mincey this past off-season.
To not only get a win, but be a contributing factor in the win over a former team was satisfying for Mincey.
"Feels good," said Mincey.
"It was a great feeling. I want to leave the game statistically with something. I didn’t want the team to shut me out, basically."
Mincey finished the game with a sack that dropped rookie quarterback Blake Bortles for an eight-yard loss
on third-and-7 midway through the second quarter. Dallas would get the impending punt and mount a five-play scoring drive to go up 17-7.
Before the game, head coach Jason Garrett actually designated Mincey as a team captain.
"It definitely meant a lot," Mincey said.
And what meant a lot to Garrett was the performance of Mincey, Selvie, and the rest of the defensive line.
After Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts caught a 53-yard pass to move the chains and give Jacksonville a first-and-10 from the Cowboys 35 in the second quarter, Selvie forced running back Denard Robinson to fumble, which safety Barry Church recovered immediately. The turnover halted the Jaguars march.
Selvie concurred with his former Jacksonville teammate that beating the Jaguars was, "a great feeling."
Said Selvie: "Because you go out there and look forward to playing the team that, you know, you played for. So, going out there and getting a win against them was good."
"Using the rotation on the defensive line, and it seemed like those guys did a good job pressuring the quarterback throughout the game," said Garrett.
With the bye week coming up, the Cowboys look to gain rest and get defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford ready to play against the Giants on Sunday Night Football in MetLife Stadium to advance to 8-3 before Thanksgiving and the December stretch.