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October 25, 2016


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday acquired tight end A.J. Derby from the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 draft choice, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.
Also on Tuesday, the Broncos released veteran safety Shiloh Keo.
Derby (6-5, 255 pounds) is a second-year player who spent his 2015 rookie season on injured reserve after being selected by the Patriots in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the NFL Draft from the University of Arkansas.
“A.J. is a young tight end who can help us immediately,” Elway said. “He has tremendous upside and will fit in well on our team.”
After leading New England with 15 receptions for 189 yards (12.6 avg.) with one touchdown during the 2016 preseason, Derby appeared in four regular-season games for the Patriots, seeing action on both offense and special teams.
A quarterback for most of his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2010-11), Coffeyville Community College (2012) and Arkansas (2013-14), Derby converted to tight end before his senior season with the Razorbacks and went on to total 22 receptions for 303 yards (13.8 avg.) with three touchdowns.
Derby was a first-team all-state selection following his final two prep seasons at Iowa City (Iowa) High School and was born on Sept. 20, 1991.
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