Transcript: A.J. Klein postgame media availability | Saints-Chargers 2019 Preseason Week 2

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS LINEBACKER A.J. KLEIN

On his interception:

“I was basically in the right place at the right time. I didn’t do anything special, the ball was tipped. We had pressure on the quarterback and forced a bad throw. So right place, right time — I didn’t do anything extraordinary.”

On first-team defense being locked in:

“I think, coming off of last week, we were a little bit disappointed with a few big plays that we gave up, some explosive plays. Coming back, we wanted to be able to stop the run game and obviously get off the field on third downs. I think we did that, so that’s a step forward. But second and third groups, obviously we still have things to improve on. [We had] some selfinflicted wounds, personal fouls, but I think we came out in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter and definitely turned the momentum back in our favor. And obviously, the interception to seal the game, too.”

On DE Trey Hendrickson:

“I think Trey has been overlooked these past few years. Obviously, he’s starting to find his niche in this defense. He had a great week of practice. He was very disruptive both days. He is definitely coming out strong for us, and he’s a situational pass rusher for us, as well as a guy who can play team. I know he wishes he would’ve had that sack that he got close on, but all that matters is that he’s getting into the quarterback’s face.”

On Hendrickson’s progression:

“I think he’s got a great understanding of the defense. He really understands fronts, alignments, and he’s become a student of the game. [He has also] worked on his technique, and that goes to [Defensive Line] Coach Ryan [Nielson] and the defensive line working with these guys. He came in a little heavier this year, which is good for him and I think it’s definitely paying off.”

On Hendrickson not being talkative:

“No, Trey is very reserved as far as he really keeps to himself. Obviously, he can be fiery on the field, which we like as long as we keep him in check. I think he definitely brings a lot of positives to this football team and I think he’ll be a force to reckon with once the regular season comes.”

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