Former Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby has a new NFL home. According to multiple sources, Derby has been awarded to the Miami Dolphins off waivers.
Dolphins have been awarded TE A.J. Derby off waivers per league source
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 29, 2017
Dolphins claimed tight end A.J. Derby off waivers from Denver.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2017
Derby, a product of the University of Arkansas, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (No. 202 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He spent the entire 2015 season on Injured Reserve, and was traded to the Broncos in exchange for a fifth round pick shortly into the 2016 season.
At one point in time, it looked as though Derby had a chance to solidify the Broncos tight end position for the foreseeable future. In his limited time with the franchise, he flashed Pro Bowl-caliber ability as a receiver and big-time potential. As it turned out, though, the former college quarterback struggled to develop the physicality needed to play the position, and proved to be a liability as a blocker.
Derby has appeared in a total of 19 NFL games, catching 35 passes for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Derby joins a Dolphins tight end room that features Julius Thomas, Anthony Fasano, and MarQueis Gray just in time to face the Broncos on Sunday.