AJ Derby

AJ Derby

Tight End #83
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 245 lb.
College:Arkansas
Age:28
Born:September 20, 1991
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 6 (202)
Draft Team:NE

AJ Derby: Cut by Saints

Derby was cut by the Saints on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: 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.

August 30, 2019 7:21 PM EST

AJ Derby: Heads to New Orleans

Derby signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Derby is present for the Saints' practice Wednesday, so an official announcement of his signing should be only a matter of time. The veteran tight end missed most of the 2018 campaign in Miami due to a lingering foot injury, and will now work to carve out a depth role with the Saints.

August 7, 2019 9:08 AM EST

AJ Derby: Held back by foot injury

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 landed him to injured reserve in early December. He did average 31 snaps on offense in his four appearances, opening 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 teamer. 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 Dolphin first.

January 30, 2019 7:32 AM EST

AJ Derby: Placed on IR

The Dolphins placed Derby (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Derby appeared in only four games this season, as he dealt with foot and knee injuries throughout the year. The 27-year-old ends his season with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki should see increased workloads to finish out the season.

December 4, 2018 5:55 PM EST

AJ Derby: Not playing Week 13

Derby (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Bills.

Analysis: Derby continues to be hampered by a foot issue that first cropped up during a Week 3 matchup against the Raiders. The fourth-year tight end's absence creates additional opportunity for Nick O'Leary and rookie Mike Gesicki in an offense that will also be missing receiver Danny Amendola (knee) on Sunday.

December 2, 2018 8:59 AM EST

AJ Derby: Questionable for Sunday

Derby (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby was unable to play last week against the Colts but practiced fully Friday and appears on track to return against the Bills, despite the questionable tag. Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki would continue to split snaps at tight end should Derby be ultimately be ruled out.

November 30, 2018 12:20 PM EST

AJ Derby: Inactive Sunday

Derby (knee) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Colts.

Analysis: Derby has missed a hefty chunk of the season with lower-body injuries this year, and now his knee will cost him Week 12. Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki will absorb the 27-year-old's snaps.

November 25, 2018 12:21 PM EST

AJ Derby: Questionable for Week 12

Derby (foot/knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby was limited at practice throughout the week, leaving his status for Sunday up in the air. The 27-year-old missed six games with a foot issue prior to returning Week 10 against the Packers, but is now dealing with a knee issue as well after the bye week. Mike Gesicki would serve as the Dolphins' No. 2 tight end should Derby be unable to suit up Sunday.

November 23, 2018 10:30 AM EST

AJ Derby: Listed as limited again

The Dolphins listed Derby (foot/knee) as a limited participant on Thursday's estimated practice report, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It represents no change in Derby's level of practice participation from what he was able to do Wednesday. If Derby upgrades to full participation for the Dolphins' final practice of the week Friday, he should be a decent bet to suit up Sunday against the Colts. Prior to the Dolphins' Week 11 bye, Derby returned from a six-game absence to play 30 offensive snaps in the team's 31-12 loss to the Packers on Nov. 11.

November 22, 2018 8:37 AM EST

AJ Derby: Limited in practice Wednesday

Derby (foot/knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby continues to manage a lingering foot issue which he's dealt with for the majority of the season. The 27-year-old's availability for Week 12 is murky at best, and it's concerning that he was unable to get fully healthy during the Dolphins' bye. Even if Derby is able to suit up against the Colts on Sunday, he'll likely split snaps and targets fairly evenly with fellow tight ends Mike Gesicki and Nick O'Leary.

November 21, 2018 1:51 PM EST

AJ Derby: Leads tight ends in targets Week 10

Derby caught one of two targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 31-12 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Derby returned to the field for the first time since Week 3, and led Miami's tight end group in both offensive snaps (30) and targets. It appears that Derby is the No. 1 tight end in the Dolphins' lackluster offense, but he's nonetheless unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance while sharing time with Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki.

November 12, 2018 2:38 PM EST

AJ Derby: Playing for first time since Week 3

Derby (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby will dress for the first time since September after missing the Dolphins' last six games with the foot injury. The 27-year-old has been a full participant in practice for a while, but it wasn't until this week that Miami was comfortable with signing off on his return to game action. Though Derby opened the season as the Dolphins' starting tight end, he may only fill a limited role at the position behind Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki in Week 10 in light of his lengthy layoff.

November 11, 2018 12:13 PM EST

AJ Derby: Questionable for Week 10

Derby (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Derby was able to fully participate in practice all week, but nonetheless does not appear to have fully recovered from a lingering foot injury that's kept him sidelined since Week 3. Even if the fourth-year pro is able to suit up, he's unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance while sharing snaps with fellow tight ends Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki in a low-powered Dolphins' passing attack.

November 9, 2018 12:35 PM EST

AJ Derby: Practices in full

Derby (foot) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby has seen the field since Week 3, despite having logged multiple full participation in practice during that time. The veteran tight end continues to nurse a lingering foot injury, and should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Whenever Derby is able to suit up, he'll compete with fellow tight ends Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki for snaps.

November 7, 2018 1:20 PM EST

AJ Derby: Inactive Sunday

Derby (foot) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Derby has not appeared in game action since Week 3, lending additional opportunities for Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki at tight end.

November 4, 2018 9:13 AM EST

AJ Derby: Questionable for Week 9

Derby (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Derby was a full participant in practice throughout the week, but the Dolphins evidently still have some level of concern about the foot injury that has sidelined him for five straight games. Given the lengthy layoff, Derby may not poach a significant amount of snaps from either Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki if he's ultimately active come Sunday.

November 2, 2018 12:01 PM EST

AJ Derby: Practices in full

Derby (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Derby has missed five straight games due to a foot injury, but finally appears to be nearing a return to the field. If Derby is able to suit up against the Jets on Sunday, he'll split snaps at the tight end position with Nick O'Leary and Mike Gesicki.

October 31, 2018 1:33 PM EST

AJ Derby: Inactive Thursday

Derby (foot) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

Analysis: With Derby out, Mike Gesicki and Nick O'Leary will head the team's tight end corps Thursday, with Durham Smythe on hand in a reserve capacity.

October 25, 2018 3:57 PM EST

AJ Derby: Limited in Wednesday's practice

Derby (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Derby was unable to take part in practice at all to begin the week, so his limited participation in Wednesday's walk-through is a step in the right direction. The veteran tight end has missed four consecutive games due to a foot injury and appears to be a long shot to suit up against the Texans on Thursday. With rookie Mike Gesicki (shoulder) also listed as questionable for Week 8, Nick O'Leary could serve as Miami's primary tight end during Thursday Night Football.

October 24, 2018 1:34 PM EST

AJ Derby: Status in question for Week 8

Derby (foot) failed to participate in practice Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Prior to the session, coach Adam Gase told Salguero that Derby's foot was "more sore than anticipated" late last week, which ultimately forced the tight end to miss his fourth straight game in Sunday's 32-21 loss to the Lions. Considering Derby had progressed to full practice participation last week, it's discouraging that he was a spectator for both of the Dolphins' sessions to open Week 8. He's likely trending toward another absence Thursday against the Texans.

October 23, 2018 11:11 AM EST

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