Derby hauled in his lone target for six yards in Denver's preseason win over the 49ers.
That the ball came out of the hand of Trevor Siemian is notable for two reasons. One, Siemian was just named the starter and the two developed a rapport last season before Derby went down for the season with a concussion - accumulating 15 targets during a three-game stretch. Two, and perhaps more importantly, it occurred while both were playing with the second unit. Virgil Green continues to get first-team reps while Derby and Jeff Heuerman follow. Derby, perhaps surprisingly based on his performance last season, is currently listed as third on the depth chart, but his unique skill set as a "move tight end" probably means that he'll see more passes come his way than his place on the depth chart would indicate.
Fortunately for Derby, head coach Vance Joseph quickly came out and assured the injury is "nothing serious at all." Derby has had a strong showing in Denver since joining the team in the middle of last season. He has a chance to earn the Week 1 starting role, and his current injury shouldn't impact him at all in that regard.
Derby looks like Denver's main option at tight end, Cecil Lammey of Sportsradio 104.3 The Fan reports.
Derby joined the Broncos midway through last season and promptly caught at least four passes in three of four games before going down for the season with a concussion. A former quarterback, Derby is still more of a 250-pound athlete than finished product, but he's still probably Denver's best bet coming into the season with Virgil Green more of a blocker, Jeff Heuerman unproven to date, and Jake Butt still on the mend from a torn ACL. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's fondness of using tight ends makes Derby a potential hidden gem for 2017.
According to head coach Vance Joseph, Derby (hamstring) is about 85 percent, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Derby continues his rehab from a minor hamstring ailment. It appears likely that he'll be able to return to the field for training camp, so keep an eye out for more updates at that time.
Derby will be pushed by 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Butt is still on the mend from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, but Derby - and the rest of Denver's tight ends - are on notice as the 2016 Mackey Award winner joins the roster. Of the bunch, Derby arguably has the greatest opportunity to complement, as opposed to be threatened by, Butt. Acquired midway through last season in a trade with New England, the former Arkansas quarterback provides a level of quickness and receiving ability not shared by fellow incumbents Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green. Derby caught at least four passes in three of five games in Denver before his season was cut short due to a concussion.
|3||9/24/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/30/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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