TE A.J. Derby - Denver Broncos
|6-4, 255||Born: 9-20-1991||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 6|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Derby was hot going into the Week 5 bye and had a great Week 6 matchup. He split the tight end targets with Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman, so it appears his breakout was a one-week blip.
General News (Wed Oct 18): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).
Week 7: at Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Like their Week 6 opponent, the Giants, Denver will enter Sunday with an injury-ravaged receiving corps. Emmanuel Sanders and WR5 Isaiah McKenzie will sit out with ankle sprains, and Demaryius Thomas could hobble a bit after a minor leg injury of his own last Sunday. Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, Thomas will likely dominate Trevor Siemian's attention on all levels of the field, and the Week 7 success of this unit will rest upon how Thomas manages heavy coverage. It's worth noting that he's already a posted strong game (5 receptions for 67 yards) against this Chargers defense while in the primary coverage of Casey Hayward, and that he shredded 2016 All-Pro Janoris Jenkins (10 for 133) last Sunday. But this week he'll have to succeed without much help across the field. Going further, with Sanders down, Siemian will have to try new things - the Thomas/Sanders connection has soaked up 48% of his targets thus far. Tight end A.J. Derby could be an increased option from the slot; he looked outstanding 2 weeks ago, catching 4 passes for 75 yards and an impressive touchdown. The Chargers secondary has quickly developed into one of the league's best, even with stud cornerback Jason Verrett out for the season. Casey Hayward flirts weekly with true shutdown status; he's not unbeatable, but he's a ballhawk who punishes quarterback-receiver connections. Trevor Williams has been a pleasant surprise in Verrett's place, and free safety Jahleel Addae continues to flash playmaking ability. It's a strong unit bolstered even further by a talented pass rush. Joey Bosa in particular is rounding into Defensive Player of the Year form, with five sacks and two quarterback strips through six games. And he's actually been even more productive at pressuring the passer than the sack totals indicate.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 6 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Derby caught an out route for a 10 yard gain in the 1st quarter, his only catch of the day. He flexed out into the slot in the 3rd and was targeted on a curl route that was well defended by a linebacker.
2017 Week 4 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 75 / 1 rec)
Derby, who has shown flashes as a solid receiving tight end since being traded from New England, had a big day and scored his first NFL touchdown. He hauled in a deep out route for a catch and run down the right sideline in the 1st quarter, then scored on the next play with a crazy one-handed catch. Derby lined up at the fullback position, then ran out and up the right sideline. Siemian lofted the pass high, and Derby deftly plucked it out of the air with his right hand, never breaking stride or bringing the ball in until he was in the end zone. Derby caught a couple more passes from the slot in the 4th quarter, bringing his totals to a team-high 6 targets, 4 catches, and 75 receiving yards.
2017 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derby caught a short out route in the 2nd quarter, his only target of the day.
2017 Week 1 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Derby flexed out in the slot and caught a curl route for 1st down yardage in the 2nd quarter. Derby nearly scored on a similar play later in the drive, carrying the ball down inside the 1 yard line. He picked up another 12 yards on a catch and run in the 3rd quarter, finishing with a short but efficient stat line- 3 targets, 3 catches, and 31 yards.
Latest NewsBroncos | Wednesday practice report for Broncos (Wed Oct 18, 07:23 PM) - Denver Broncos TE A.J. Derby (non-injury), WR Cody Latimer (knee), QB Paxton Lynch (shoulder), LB Brandon M. Marshall (shoulder), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), DT Domata Peko (non-injury), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), CB Aqib Talib (non-injury) and OT Menelik Watson (calf) did not participate in practice.
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