The Patriots always invest draft picks in tight ends, and they kept up the tradition in 2015 with the sixth round selection of A.J. Derby, a tight end out of Arkansas. Unfortunately for Derby, his time didn't last long in Foxboro as he was waived today.
Derby initially attended Iowa as a quarterback, but he left the Hawkeyes for Coffeyville Community College in 2012. After one season, he transferred to Arkansas and in 2014 he switched to tight end. In his first year as a tight end and playing in the SEC, Derby had 22 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He has the tools, but he might be better off catching on with a team that has less depth at the tight end position.
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