3. AJ. Derby vs. Clay Harbor
When the Patriots signed Harbor in free agency, the general consensus was that the veteran tight end would serve as a perfect No. 3 guy behind monstrous tight end duo Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. However, Derby has had one hell of a preseason, making his presence felt on a weekly basis by snagging balls in traffic. Derby spent the entirety of his rookie year on injured reserve; the Arkansas product is making up for lost time.
The first half of last Friday night’s preseason game in Carolina saw Derby getting plenty more action than the veteran.
The way things are going, it is getting increasingly easier to say that Derby will make the final Patriots roster. Such a decision would mark a shift in Bill Belichick’s treatment of the Derby family come cut time; Belichick released Derby’s father John when he was coach of the Cleveland Browns back in the 1990s.
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