A.J. Derby
A.J. Derby
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for A.J. Derby in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $2.39 million contract with the Patriots in May of 2015. Traded to the Broncos in October of 2016. Waived by the Broncos in November of 2017. Claimed off waivers by the Dolphins in November of 2017.
Held back by foot injury
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
January 30, 2019
Derby (foot) finished the 2018 campaign with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in four games.
ANALYSIS
Derby missed most of the season while nursing a foot injury that eventually relegated him to injured reserve in early December. He averaged 31 offensive snaps in his four appearances and opened the season as Miami's top pass-catching option at tight end. The team surely wants 2018 second-round pick Mike Gesicki to seize that role in 2019, but there may still be room for Derby on the roster as a depth tight end and special-teams contributor. The 27-year-old can also weigh other options, as he'll become an unrestricted free agent in March if he doesn't re-sign with the Dolphins first.
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How do A.J. Derby's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
10.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.35
 
% Team Air Yards
1.2%
 
% Team Targets
1.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
60.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do A.J. Derby's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, and Cone Drill metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.69 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.51 sec
 
Cone Drill*
6.99 sec
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
30.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Derby filled in admirably as an emergency pass catcher in a depleted Broncos offense last year, until he was unceremoniously waived following a shoulder injury. The 26-year-old was quietly claimed by Miami where he managed to earn a small offensive role in the final two games of the season. Rookie Mike Gesicki slots in firmly ahead of Derby on the depth chart, being one of the top tight end prospects in the 2018 draft class, but Derby has the shown well enough to compete for rotational snaps. Derby has recorded 37 career receptions for 404 yards and two touchdowns in 21 NFL games, and should slot in as the No. 2 pass-catching tight end on Miami's roster.
Derby was a backup quarterback at Arkansas until converting to tight end as a senior. He nabbed just 22 passes before being selected in the sixth round of the 2015 draft by New England. The likes of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett prevented him from seeing the field, but his 15-catch 2016 preseason was impressive enough for Denver to trade for him mid-season, handing over a fifth-round pick in exchange. Derby caught 14 passes from Weeks 12 through 15 before a concussion ended his season. Entering just his fourth season at the position, Derby is still likely to be rough around the edges, but he's Denver's most appealing athlete at the position, having run a 4.69-second 40-yard dash and 6.99- second three-cone drill at his pro-day while weight 255 pounds. By comparison, David Njoku, the freakishly-athletic 2017 first-rounder ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 6.97-second three-cone drill at 246 pounds. While Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman, and rookie Jake Butt duke it out for the in-line spot, Derby is the clear favorite as the flex tight end -- a position that saw plenty of action in San Diego during current offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's time as the Chargers' head coach.
Derby, who was a sixth-round selection last year, ended up on injured reserve for his first season with New England. Now healthy, he's figures to battle Clay Harbor for the team's No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.
Derby, a late sixth-round draft pick this year, was waived/injured by the Patriots in August.
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Placed on IR
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
December 4, 2018
The Dolphins placed Derby (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
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Not playing Week 13
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
December 2, 2018
Derby (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Bills.
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Questionable for Sunday
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
November 30, 2018
Derby (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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Inactive Sunday
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
November 25, 2018
Derby (knee) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Colts.
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Questionable for Week 12
TEMiami Dolphins
Foot
November 23, 2018
Derby (foot/knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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