When defensive tackle Terrance Knighton came over to the Broncos from Jacksonville this season, he attempted to shed his long-time nickname, Pot Roast.

His former Jaguars teammate Jeremy Mincey respects that, he says. Now that he's a Bronco, he too wants to lose not only his former nickname — Mr. Mince — but also the negativity that dogged his final months in Jacksonville. Waived last Friday, Mincey was accused of being late to meetings and not fully committing to the team, but now that he's in Denver, he wants to turn over a new leaf.

"I feel like it was destiny, really," he said. "I was going through a lot, and I knew my potential. I didn't show it when I was (in Jacksonville). Things happen, but I'm here with the Denver Broncos now. I get to play with Hall of Famers."

Knighton isn't the only player in the Broncos' locker room with whom Mincey is familiar, either. He knows center Steve Vallos from Jacksonville, and receiver Wes Welker and offensive tackle Orlando Franklin from workouts in Florida. The list doesn't stop there: Defensive end Shaun Phillips is an acquaintance, and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was his head coach in Jacksonville until 2011.