A.J. Derby
A.J. Derby
28-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.
$Released by the Saints in August of 2019.
Cut by Saints
TEFree Agent
August 30, 2019
Derby was cut by the Saints on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Derby joined the Saints this offseason after stints with the Dolphins, Broncos and Patriots. New Orleans cut Derby, and the team seems fine with its tight end trio of Jared Cook, Josh Hill and Dan Arnold.
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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.
6' 5"
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
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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Heads to New Orleans
TENew Orleans Saints
August 7, 2019
Derby signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Held back by foot injury
TEMiami Dolphins
January 30, 2019
Derby (foot) finished the 2018 campaign with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in four games.
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Placed on IR
TEMiami Dolphins
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
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
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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