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Players

A.J. Klein
LB #53
Height:
6-1
Weight:
240
Age:
26
College:
Iowa State
Hometown:
Appleton, WI
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
54
SCK
2.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 200 136 64 6.0 0 6 1 8 -- 8 0 5 0
2017 NO 12 12 54 37 17 2.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2016 CAR 15 7 31 17 14 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2015 CAR 15 6 55 39 16 1.0 -- 1 1 8 8 8 0 1 --
2014 CAR 14 8 39 25 14 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 CAR 16 2 21 18 3 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @MIN L 19-29 11 8 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 NE L 20-36 2 1 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CAR W 34-13 6 2 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @MIA W 20-0 4 4 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 DET W 52-38 4 1 3 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @GB W 26-17 6 6 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 CHI W 20-12 4 3 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 TB W 30-10 4 4 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @BUF W 47-10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 WAS W 34-31 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @LA L 20-26 8 5 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 CAR W 31-21 5 3 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @ATL L 17-20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 NYJ W 31-19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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NFL CAREER – A solid contributor on defense and special teams, A.J. Klein joined the Saints as an unrestricted free agent at the start of the 2017 free agency period. Klein spent his first four NFL seasons in Carolina after being selected by the Panthers out of Iowa State in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Wisconsin native’s played in 75 games with 35 starts posting 209 tackles (158 solo), six sacks, one interception, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and 27 special teams stops. His combination of intelligence and versatility put him in position to earn a starting position for New Orleans’ defense during the 2017. Klein started in the 12 games he appeared in before being placed on Injured reserve with a groin injury and the team captain posted 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, five passes defensed and one forced fumble.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with New Orleans Saints on a three-year contract (UFA-CAR), 3/10/17; Signed by Carolina Panthers to a four-year contract, 5/23/13; Selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by Carolina.

 

2017 – Started all 12 games appeared in contributing, 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, five passes defensed and one forced fumble…At Minnesota, Sept. 11, started at SLB in his Saints debut and led team with 11 tackles (eight solo) and a forced fumble…Vs. New England, Sept. 17, started at SLB and made two tackles (one solo) and a pass defense…At Carolina, Sept. 24, started at SLB and made six tackles (two solo)…In Wembley Stadium against Miami, Oct. 1, started at SLB and had four solo tackles and a sack for an eight-yard loss, calling the signals for New Orleans’ first shutout since 2012 and first blanking on the road since 1995…Vs. Detroit, Oct. 15, started at SLB and had four tackles (one solo) and a pass defensed…At Green Bay, Oct. 22, started at SLB and had club-best six solo tackles and a pass defensed…Vs. Chicago, Oct. 29, started at SLB and had four tackles (three solo) and career-high two passes defensed, including a key late fourth quarter third down breakup…Vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 5, started at SLB and had four solo tackles…At Buffalo, Nov. 12, started at SLB before leaving game (ankle)…Vs. Washington, Nov. 19, inactive (ankle)….At L.A. Rams, Nov. 26, started at SLB and had eight tackles (five solo)…Vs. Carolina, Dec. 3, started at SLB and had five tackles (three solo) and one sack for a 13-yard loss…At Atlanta, Dec. 7, started at SLB, before leaving game in the first half with a groin injury…Vs. N.Y. Jets, Dec. 17, inactive (groin)…Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/19. 2016 – Played in 15 games with seven starts in his final season in Carolina, recording 31 tackles (26 solo), one sack, career-high two forced fumbles and two special teams stops. Opened one contest on the outside and the final six games in the middle…Started at OLB and had a solo tackle at L.A. Rams, Nov. 6…Inactive (concussion) vs. New Orleans, Nov. 17…Started and posted six tackles, (five solo) at Washington, Dec. 19. 2015 – Played in 15 regular season games with seven starts and posted career-high 56 tackles (42 solo), a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble. Led the team with 13 special teams tackles. Added three stops in three postseason games…Vs. New Orleans Sept. 27, started at MLB in place of an injured Luke Kuechly and established career-high with team-high 15 tackles...Vs. Atlanta Dec. 13, forced a fumble of RB Devonta Freeman, recovered by Carolina and sacked Falcons QB Sean Renfree for a loss of eight yards, as part of a defense that helped Carolina record the shutout…Contributed to a unit that finished sixth in the NFL in total defense. 2014- Played in 14 games with eight starts. Posted 44 tackles (37 solo) and finished second on team with eight special teams stops, contributing to a unit that was ranked tenth in the NFL in total defense. 2013 – Played in all 16 games in his rookie season, starting two contests and posting 24 tackles (16 solo), two sacks for 21 yards in losses and four special teams tackles…Made his first NFL start at San Francisco Nov. 10 and responded with a career-high six tackles and first career sack, dropping 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick for a 14-yard loss. Part of defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six takedowns and forced two turnovers…Contributed to a unit in 2013 that ranked second in the NFL in opponent net yards per game (second in rushing and sixth in passing) and points allowed and led the league in sacks.

 

COLLEGE – Played in 51 games with 38 starts at Iowa State...Three-time All-Big 12 choice made 21 starts at MLB, 12 at SLB and five at WLB and produced at least 110 tackles in each of three seasons as starter...Finished career with 361 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and nine passes defensed...Tied NCAA career record for linebackers with a school-record four interception returns for TDs...Set Big 12 Conference record with a 53.0-yard interception return average...As a senior in 2012, was a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection as he led the Cyclones for the second consecutive season with 117 tackles...As a junior in 2011, named Co-Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-Big 12 choice and was selected as the team’s most valuable player when he ranked second in the conference with a team-leading 116 tackles...Big 12 honorable mention as a sophomore in 2010 when he collected 111 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and one pass defensed...Played in 13 games as a freshman in 2009 and notched 17 tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Kinesiology-physical therapy major.

 

PERSONAL – Attended Kimberly (Wis.) HS...Team went 37-1 during career...As team captain led Kimberly to back-to-back Division II state championships in his final two seasons…Lettered in football and track and field…Played in a charity softball game to raise money for Son of a Saint and Team Gleason…Selected as the club’s nominee for the NFL’s Salute To Service Award…Born July 30, 1991 in Appleton, Wis.

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