Broncos cut A.J. Derby a year after trading for him

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Last year the Patriots traded tight end A.J. Derby to the Broncos just before the trade deadline. That netted New England a fifth-round draft pick, which they used to get running back Mike Gillislee from the Bills.

Now Derby is done in Denver.

The Broncos announced today that they have released Derby, who has 19 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns this season. To take Derby’s spot on the roster spot, the Broncos brought up tight end Austin Traylor from the practice squad.

If Traylor gets on the field for the Broncos, he might find himself catching passes from Paxton Lynch soon: Mike Klis of 9News.com reports that Lynch has been promoted to No. 2 on the Broncos’ quarterback depth chart, and Trevor Siemian will be inactive tomorrow against the Bengals. Brock Osweiler remains the starter, but with Lynch getting healthier and the Broncos needing to try anything to spark the offense, it won’t be surprising to see Lynch getting a shot at running the offense soon.

58 responses to “Broncos cut A.J. Derby a year after trading for him

  1. I thought Derby was a very good receiver, but I have no idea about any other aspect of his game, his locker room presence or any other off field issues which might have precipitated this.

  2. Surprising move. I don’t see him unemployed for very long. It certainly looks like he can play to my untrained eye.

  3. I thought Derby was a very good receiver, but I have no idea about any other aspect of his game, his locker room presence or any other off field issues which might have precipitated this.

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    It just shows again you know nothing about football and lots about trolling.

    Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.

  4. Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.

    And a great example of BB’s GM skills being on another level. The Broncos pretty much admitted he traded them a bag of doo-doo for a fifth round pick. That’s gotta sting.

  5. exinsidetrader says:
    November 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    Welcome back to the Pats — and bring your Bronco playbook.

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    Bronco playbook?

    Have you seen their offense? Why would any team need that?

  6. “Welcome back to the Pats — and bring your Bronco playbook.”

    Lolz the Pats already hammered them into the ground without it, and the Donks aren’t going to be in the playoffs. Why would having their playbook matter?

  7. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    He will go back to the Pats. See it all the time with Blount and Bennett. He will just give Belicheat all of Denver’s playbooks and play calls.
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    I know you’ve been waiting to type that line for a while, but it sounds especially ridiculous to do so in the week after the Patriots just destroyed the Broncos, and with no chance whatsoever Denver makes the playoffs where they could meet again. By the time they do meet again, the entire current regime in Denver will be coaching high school ball.

    As for Derby, I do think the Patriots would claim him if the entire rest of the league chooses not to, but I can’t imagine he wouldn;t be claimed by someone else first.

  8. tjacks7 says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.
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    Derby was a late 6th round draft choice who made the roster and was then traded a year later for a 5th round pick.

    That’s actually what you call a genius move by Belichick the GM.

    The fact that the Broncos traded a 5th rounder for him and then cut him less than a year later would be an excellent example of bad GM work.

    See the difference?

  9. audio2sell says:
    November 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    Best part is he will be back with the Pats…
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    No, they don’t need five tight ends.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    I thought Derby was a very good receiver, but I have no idea about any other aspect of his game, his locker room presence or any other off field issues which might have precipitated this.

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    It just shows again you know nothing about football and lots about trolling.

    Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.

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    I know BB really stinks. What does it say that Mike Tomlin can’t find a way to beat him year after year after year?

  11. pastabelly says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    No, they don’t need five tight ends.
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    True. But if given a choice between Hollister and Derby they might want Derby.

  12. “Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.” Yes, yes of course. He is really bad, isn’t he? And you’re so much better. Offer your stellar skills to the Patriots to get them out of that rut they’ve been in for so long.

  13. Don’t see Derby coming back. Hollister seems like a better developmental prospect. Derby is what he is. Denver has nothing at the TE position, and he couldn’t even stick there. The Pats have such a good roster, they can take shots in the late rounds. Not that many players are gonna make the team anyway. That’s where guys like Edelman, Slater, Cannon, etc. come from. Not to mention, at least one UFA makes the team every yr. Like MButler. And, the troll that called someone out for not knowing anything about FB should get the mirrors in his trailer fixed.

  14. Derby probably gets claimed. I would be surprised at f he makes it way down the claim list where NE is. In fact, GB which released Bennett could be a destination.

  15. gillislee has been up and down, but they will
    need him at some point leading into the title game.

    to think bb converted a college qb to a camp tight end and then
    dumped him off on elway for gillislee, that’s hilarious

    “the don”, john elway not such a good gm without a hof qb pumping peds is he?

  16. The Pats just picked up Bennett and already have four tightends on the roster. Unless they cut the rookie from WY, and why would they, Hollister is strong on special teams, can catch the ball, and will be cheap for years. Allen has been a disappointment but he blocks well and is a team player.

  17. smithdp says:
    November 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm
    Belichick didn’t convert Derby to a TE. That happened his Senior year at Arkansas.

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    umm, i know..he was a very
    raw conversion prospect. get it?

  18. autumnwind999 says:
    November 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    Pats got a 5th round pick for the guy and their fans are acting like it was the steal of the century. Get a grip.

    2 7 Rate This

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    ^^^still confused why the pats are a dynasty

  19. pastabelly says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    No, they don’t need five tight ends.
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    True. But if given a choice between Hollister and Derby they might want Derby.
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    Hollister is great on special teams and shows promise it the offense. They have no room for Derby.

  20. If he’s hurt the Pats MAY claim him & put him on IR & have him compete in camp next year as BENNET is probably gone at the end of this year & MAYBE Allen too……
    Be interesting to see how it plays out!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  21. razzlejag says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    The Broncos death spiral under Elway continues

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    The fact this post got a majority thumbs up shows how clueless most fans are and how many pats fans love to be trolls on other teams’ posts. He took over after literally the Broncos’ worst season in history, immediately drafted the DROY (who’s now one of the best players in the league), and went on to win the division 5 straight years, 2 SB appearances, and 1 championship. It’s pretty sad that all you ignorant band wagon riding chowds can be so incredibly biased and stupid. Good lord get a life.

  22. So Elway had how many winning seasons and SB victories as the Broncos QB? And how many winning their seasons and SB as their GM?
    So there having a bad year. It’ll turn around. Look how bad the Seahawks stunk for so long. Patriots as well used to suck. The Broncos have been too good for too long to continue to suck. Broncos faithful will continue to believe.

  23. The Pats got Mike Gillislee when they used the draft pick they got for Derby. He’s currently a healthy inactive or maybe their 4th RB depending on the week. Both these guys appear to be a work in progress. They’ve both had their successes and failures but it appears too soon to give up on either one.

  24. tjacks7 says:
    November 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    The ship is sinking and coaches/management are looking to save themselves.

    If you think that John Elways position is anything but solid, think again.

  25. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says:
    November 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm
    Derby is injured. If/when he clears waivers he will go back to Denvers IR.
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    Not sure why you got downvoted when this very article links to a page that says exactly that, yet fails to mention it in this blog. You click on the guy’s name and it says “Broncos waived/injured TE A.J. Derby with a shoulder injury…He will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.”

    Seems like that info was purposely excluded to generate the sort of comments this site is known for.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    It just shows again you know nothing about football and lots about trolling.

    Another case of Belicheats drafting skills being poor.
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    If the troll telling someone else (who admitted they didn’t know what precipitated the ‘cut’) they don’t know anything about football knew anything themselves maybe they’d know what waived/injured means. A fraud like that is in no position to call out someone else.

  27. wib22 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I thought belicheat never makes mistakes?
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    Only in chipland is Denver moving a player to waived/injured status a Belichick mistake.

  28. Only in chipland is Denver moving a player to waived/injured status a Belichick mistake.

    ****

    If they kept him they don’t have to waste cap space on Bennett. I was a bad trade for belichick.

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