Derby faces added competition for a role in Miami offense following the drafting of Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Gesicki (second round) and Smythe (fourth round) look like roster locks considering the draft capital needed to acquire them. With that in mind, Derby figures to battle with MarQueis Gray, A.J. Gavin Escobar and Thomas Duarte depth slotting on the Dolphins' TE depth chart.
Derby finished the season with 21 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.
Derby began the season with the Broncos, for whom he recorded 19 receptions, 220 receiving yards and both of his touchdowns in nine games. However, he was then waived mid-season, claimed by the Dolphins, and didn't see game action again until the second-to-last week of the season. Derby didn't hit the ground running with his new team, as he caught just two of nine targets for 20 yards in his two appearances with Miami. With that said, he remains under contract through the 2018 campaign and, with veteran Anthony Fasano contemplating retirement, could possibly return as No. 2 on the depth chart, depending on what the team does in the draft and free agency.
Derby (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Broncos.
Derby had been claimed off waivers by the Dolphins last Tuesday after the Broncos had jettisoned him from injured reserve, but the shoulder injury that had earned him that designation didn't prevent him from practicing fully with his new team both Thursday and Friday. Therefore, while Derby was evidently healthy enough to take the field against his former teammates Sunday, he'll apparently have to wait at least one more week for his Miami debut.
Derby (shoulder) participated in the Dolphins' practice Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. He wasn't listed on the team's practice report with an injury designation, according to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald.
Though the Broncos had placed Derby on season-ending injured reserve last week before waiving him, the shoulder issue apparently wasn't that serious. After Miami put in a claim for the tight end, Derby seems like he could be an option to suit up Sunday against his former team if he can get caught up with the Dolphins' playbook in short fashion. Derby showed some aptitude as a pass catcher during his nine games with Denver this season, logging 19 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins were awarded Derby (shoulder) off waivers Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Derby was waived from the Broncos' injured reserve Tuesday and probably won't play again this season. He caught 19 of 32 targets for 224 yards and two scores in nine games with Denver, serving as the team's top pass-catching tight end for most of the season. Derby presumably will have to fight for a spot on the Miami roster in 2018 even if he enters training camp at full strength.
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