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A.J. Derby
TE #83
Height:
6-5
Weight:
255
Age:
25
College:
Arkansas
Hometown:
Iowa City, IA
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

REC
16
YDS
160
AVG
10
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 16 160 10 17 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2016 DEN 6 3 16 160 10 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2016 NE 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

DERBY AT A GLANCE:

• A third-year tight end who has appeared in 10 games (3 starts) with New England (2015-16) and Denver (2016) during his first two NFL seasons.
• Caught 16 passes for 160 yards (10.0 avg.) in six games with Denver in 2016 after being acquired in a mid-season trade with New England.
• Spent his initial NFL season in 2015 on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury in training camp.
• Played most of his college career as a quarterback before converting to a tight end before his senior season at the University of Arkansas, where he registered 22 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
• Began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2010-11) and Coffeyville Community College (2012) before playing his last two collegiate seasons at Arkansas.
• Acquired by the Broncos in a trade with the New England on Oct. 25, 2016.
• Selected by the Patriots in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by New England as a draft choice 5/8/15; Traded to Denver 10/25/16.

DERBY AT A GLANCE:

• A third-year tight end who has appeared in 10 games (3 starts) with New England (2015-16) and Denver (2016) during his first two NFL seasons.
• Caught 16 passes for 160 yards (10.0 avg.) in six games with Denver in 2016 after being acquired in a mid-season trade with New England.
• Spent his initial NFL season in 2015 on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury in training camp.
• Played most of his college career as a quarterback before converting to a tight end before his senior season at the University of Arkansas, where he registered 22 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
• Began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2010-11) and Coffeyville Community College (2012) before playing his last two collegiate seasons at Arkansas.
• Acquired by the Broncos in a trade with the New England on Oct. 25, 2016.
• Selected by the Patriots in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by New England as a draft choice 5/8/15; Traded to Denver 10/25/16.

2016: Derby caught 16 passes for 160 yards (10.0 avg.) in 10 combined games (3 starts) with New England (4 games) and Denver (6 games)... Saw action in 4-of-7 games with New England before being traded to Denver on Oct. 25... Made his NFL debut at Ari. (9/11)... Was inactive for Weeks 2-3 before appearing in three consecutive contests for the Patriots... Started and made his Broncos debut at Oak. (11/6)... Posted two catches for 22 yards (11.0 avg.) at N.O. (11/13)... Caught four passes for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) vs. K.C. (11/27)... Caught five passes for a career-best 57 yards (11.4 avg.) at Ten. (12/11)... Caught four passes for 35 yards (8.8 avg.) vs. N.E. (12/18) against his former team.

2015: Selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft (202nd overall), Derby spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury in training camp.

COLLEGE: Derby began his collegiate career at quarterback at the University of Iowa (2010-11) and Coffeyville Community College (2012) before transferring to the University of Arkansas (2013-14) and moving to tight end... Saw action in 18 games (8 starts) for the Razorbacks... Opened 7-of-11 games played at tight end as a senior, registering 22 receptions for 303 yards (13.7 avg.) with three touchdowns before suffering a season-ending injury.

PERSONAL: Derby earned first-team all-state honors following his junior and senior seasons at Iowa City High School, leading his team to a state championship as a senior... Completed 98-of-187 passes for 1,820 yards with 23 touchdowns while adding 752 yards rushing as a senior... Also lettered in basketball and baseball... Father, John, played one game in the NFL with Detroit in 1992... Uncle, Glenn, played two seasons in the NFL with New Orleans (1989-90)... A.J. Derby was born on Sept. 20, 1991, in Iowa City, Iowa.

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