Miami Dolphins claim A.J. Derby in latest attempt at flattery

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: A.J. Derby /

The Miami Dolphins continue to be like the Denver Broncos’ younger brother, aspiring to be like their role models, claiming TE A.J. Derby…

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that’s the case, the Miami Dolphins are incredibly sincere in their attempt of flattering the Denver Broncos.

The latest former Bronco to join the crew down in South Beach is tight end A.J. Derby, who was claimed off of waivers on Wednesday.

Apparently, Derby’s waiver time was much longer than the standard ‘one business day’ we’ve become accustomed to in today’s NFL.

Seriously, the former Bronco connection in Miami is getting a little out of hand. A couple of names here or there might be an interesting storyline, but you half expect anyone that leaves the Broncos to end up in Miami.

At least, there appears to be a decent chance of it.

In addition to hiring former Broncos offensive coordinator as their head coach, the Dolphins’ recent former Broncos scrap heap players include their trade for tight end Julius Thomas, the signing of quarterback Jay Cutler, and now the claiming of Derby.

The Dolphins also constructed the contract C.J. Anderson is currently playing on, as the Broncos matched their offer sheet when Anderson was a restricted free agent.

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Lamin Barrow, a former fifth round draft pick of the Broncos, is also on the Dolphins’ injured reserve.

Derby was the Broncos’ leading receiver at tight end, and perhaps the timing was simply coincidental, but he was waived shortly after John Elway’s now infamous ‘soft’ comments.

That seems like an eternity ago, but obviously despite the five-game losing streak the Dolphins are on, they are not going to sacrifice a potential competitive edge with Derby available.

They want to win this game, and so do the Broncos.

The Broncos, however, will be doing so with far fewer former Dolphins on their roster. Vance Joseph was, of course, the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator last year.

Other than that, the Broncos’ only former Miami Dolphin is C.J. Anderson.

All joking aside, it’s not a guarantee that Derby will be active this weekend. His presence, along with many other former Broncos players and head coach Adam Gase, will at least make this borderline unwatchable game ‘watchable’.