For a team with a former seventh-round draft pick starting at quarterback (Trevor Siemian) a former undrafted player who is a Pro Bowl player at cornerback (Chris Harris Jr.) and a sixth-rounder starting at center (Matt Paradis), the fact that the Denver Broncos sent a fifth-round pick during the season to an AFC rival to get A.J. Derby says it all.
It says the Broncos had a need big enough that they didn’t want to wait until next year to fill it. Which is why Derby was a New England backup one day, and a Broncos tight end poised for playing time the next.
"I’m definitely lucky there, both teams, New England and Denver, have Super Bowl experience," Derby said. "I can’t complain there at all. You obviously know the success they’ve had in New England, and to then come to a team that won the Super Bowl (to close out 2015 season), so I was surprised when they said 'you’re traded,' but at the same time, when they tell you Denver, just excited for the opportunity."
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Derby's playing time has reflected his work. He was inactive for the Broncos' Oct. 30 game against the Chargers, played five plays in the Broncos’ loss to the Raiders the next week, and was on the field for 44 plays in the Broncos' win this past Sunday in New Orleans. Derby finished the game with two catches for 22 yards, and flashed the speed the Broncos traded to acquire. He's probably hard to trust in lineups right now, but seems as if he's trending up and may be poised for a break out game.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) practiced fully Wednesday. Green caught seven of eight targets for 74 yards in the first two games. He’s likely to be the third option in the passing game and should be a productive fantasy TE2 for the remainder of the season.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 5. It looks like Green may be able to return this week. Given the state of the position, he’ll be a possible start in a very nice matchup with the Falcons.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Green may be able to return this week. Given the state of the position, he’ll be a possible start in a nice matchup with the Falcons.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Green may be able to return this week. Given the state of the position, he’ll be a possible start in a nice matchup with the Falcons.
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:45pm
Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
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Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) missed practice again Thursday. HC Gary Kubiak said that Green will likely be a game-time decision this week. If Green can’t play, there are no standout options behind him on the depth chart. TE streamers should look elsewhere.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Saturday night, it was for the offense, led by Trevor Siemian. And after a deep attempt up the right sideline for Cody Latimer was ruled an interception, it was absolutely necessary to extract some momentum from what will be the starters' final work of the preseason.
"I thought it was huge. I thought it was really huge," said running back C.J. Anderson, who galloped through some wide holes for 35 yards on three consecutive carries that pushed the Broncos to the 1-yard line, setting up Siemian's 1-yard play-action touchdown pass to Virgil Green en route to a 17-9 win.
What set up the series was Siemian's unruffled demeanor. He didn't mope. He didn't panic. He simply stepped into the huddle and oozed confidence. The offense responded from there, the story said. Keep in mind this is a story from the team's official web site, but HC Gary Kubiak was quoted as saying Siemian was calm and had control of the huddle. There hasn't been an official announcement yet, but some feel Siemian has a leg up in this battle for starting QB.
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