Jeremy Mincey and Andre Branch are two Jaguars defensive ends at different stages of their careers.

Mincey is a 29-year-old, six-year veteran who was originally drafted in the sixth round by New England in 2006. Branch is a 23-year-old, second-year player drafted by the Jaguars last season.

But they have one thing in common. They’re both trying to overcome frustrating seasons as they attempt to make an impact on their pass rush that ranked 26th last year in sacks per pass play and registered 20 sacks.

Mincey signed a four-year, $20 million free agent deal last year with an $8 million signing bonus and started all 16 games but saw his sack total fall from eight to three.

Branch played in 13 games as a rookie, started three and had one sack while going on the injured-reserve list late in the year with a groin injury.

Branch prefers not to talk about last season.

“I’m not even going to speak on that,” he said. “I’m just going to say last year is in my rear-view mirror, and I’m moving forward now.”

On if he learned anything, Branch said, “Don’t quit. No matter what. You’re always going to face adversity but don’t quit.”

Mincey was willing to go into more details about the frustration of last season’s 2-14 record. Among other things, he said he was worn down playing 70 to 80 snaps a game because the Jaguars were hit by injuries in the defensive line.

“When you’re playing 80 snaps, no man to man [defense], can’t score any points, that’s what happens. I think they [new staff] went back and watched the film, and you can’t blame it all on me. I did what I could. I played hard,” he said.

“We had fourth-string guys playing corner. Everybody was hurt. Our prime-time guy, Mojo [Maurice Jones-Drew] was gone. Daryl [Smith] was out. It was just too much. There was a domino effect,” Mincey said.

He said he feels energized this year.

“I can do a lot more this year. I’ve got a lot of good players around me. I’ve just got to embrace my role,” he said.

What exactly his role will be remains to be seen.

Jason Babin, who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia last year, seems set at one end, and several players are vying for the other spot and all are likely to be a part of the rotation.

“Trust me, I’ll find me a spot somehow someway,” Mincey said. “I fit right in. I can do it all.”