TE A.J. Derby - Denver Broncos
|6-4, 255||Born: 9-20-1991||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 6|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 15 vs NE (6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Derby caught a short out route on the Broncos 1st offensive drive of the game. His next catch was a similar route late in the 1st where he broke a couple of tackles but was dragged down from behind for a 6 yard gain. Normally sure-handed, Derby had a bad drop on 3rd and 8 while attempting to catch a 3rd quarter curl route. Derby's longest gain of the day was a crossing route late in the 4th for a gain of 16. He hauled in one final curl route for a gain of 8 in the last minute of the 4th quarter.
2016 Week 14 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Derby appears to be clearly ahead of Virgil Green in the target pecking order at this point, though he remains far behind primary passing game options Thomas and Sanders. Derby kept the chains moving in week 14. He secured his first target on out route during the first play of the game, gaining 9 yards. His next two catches were a 17 yard gain on a deep curl route followed by a short gain on an out route during a 2 minute drill at the end of the 1st half. Derby caught a shallow crossing route midway through the 3rd quarter and turned it up the left sideline for a nice gain. Derby made a nice catch on the Broncos final offensive drive while sprinting down the middle of the field, but he took a shot while being tackled and lost the football, ending Denver's final comeback effort with less than a minute left in the game.
2016 Week 13 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Derby secured his only target of the day for a gain of 3 on a short out route in the 1st quarter.
2016 Week 12 vs KC (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Derby's role in the offense continues to increase. He was the only tight end targeted in week 12, securing all 4 of his targets for 43 yards. Derby hauled in a 12 yard gain on a crossing route midway through the 3rd quarter, narrowly missing a conversion on 3rd and 13. He had a clutch 3rd and 10 reception late in the 4th to help get Denver out of their own end zone.
2016 Week 10 vs NO (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Derby drew a couple of targets on Denver's opening drive, securing the 2nd target on an out route for a gain of 12 and a 3rd down conversion. Later on in the 3rd quarter, he caught an out route for a gain of 10. Derby also saw plenty of snaps as a blocker, as the Broncos appear to be trying to integrate him into the offensive gameplan alongside Green. Jeff Heuerman and John Phillips appear to be falling behind Derby on the tight end depth chart.
2016 Week 9 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derby, recently traded from New England, was active and saw some action as a blocker, but did not receive any targets in the passing game.
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