Broncos high on TE Derby for 2017

Denver traded for the tight end last season and is reportedly expecting big things out of him this season.

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Broncos high on TE Derby for 2017

  • The Denver Broncos are reportedly “very high” on what tight end A.J. Derby can do this season.
  • Last year, Derby came over from the Patriots via trade, and his playing time spiked in Denver.
  • While in New England, Derby was only on the field for 12.2 percent of the snaps. However in Denver, that number spiked to 46.5 percent.
  • If he had qualified, Derby’s overall grade of 53.5 would have put him 42nd out of 63 tight ends, and his run-blocking grade of 69.8 would have ranked him 15th.
  • In Weeks 9-15 with the Broncos, Derby’s 1.28 yards per route run ranked 49th out of 103 tight ends in that period.

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  • Malachi

    ton of untapped potential in the broncos TE room. should be one of the better competitions in training camp, and even mid-season when jake butt is full-go

    • crosseyedlemon

      Getting Jake in the 5th round was a great value pick by the Broncos. Once he is back to full health he will hard to keep out of the starting lineup.

  • Phong Ta

    As a Pats fan I’m still disappointed we traded away Derby, especially for just a 5th Rounder. He was a good TE3 for us and would have been incredibly valuable post-Gronk season ending injury and would have gained tons of experience that would allow him to be a competent TE2 this season. Not to mention I wanted to keep him around just in case Bennett left, which he did.

    • Thomas Bell

      Curious who you drafted with that fifth rounder — it will be interesting to compare careers.