After finishing the 2017 season on injured reserved due to a sports hernia, New Orleans Saints linebacker A.J. Klein spent the off season at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center rehabbing and preparing for his second season with the Saints. Klein played all 16 games for New Orleans in 2018 and continued to be a strong force for the team's second line of defense. In his sixth year in the NFL, Klein had his best season with a career-high 70 tackles, one interception for six yards, three pass deflections, a career-high two fumble recoveries for 17 yards and two sacks. Though the impact isn't always shown in statistics, Klein also played a major role on special teams for the Saints, seeing 172 snaps.
BEST GAME: On the road against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Nov. 29 when the Saints traveled to AT&T Stadium. Despite the 13-10 loss, Klein had a strong performance, sacking Dak Prescott once and coming up with five tackles.
BEST QUOTE: "But this year is definitely special, it has that feel, and I think the best part is that we're working on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis, on not getting too far ahead of ourselves and just taking every week as it comes," Klein said following the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers. "We have high goals, but (Coach) Sean (Payton) and all the coaches have done a great job of keeping us focused on the task at hand, week to week."
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