Saints quotebook: A.J. Klein (July 27, 2018)

Linebacker talks about his return from season-ending injury in 2017

New Orleans Saints Linebacker A.J. Klein

Friday, July 27, 2018

How do you feel coming off that injury?

“Feeling good and if I'm not a hundred percent, I'm real close. (I’m) Really happy with the progress I made the last few weeks leading up to training camp. It was hard not to be on the field during OTA’s and minicamp obviously to get those extra reps especially with the new squad. Every year is a new set of guys. So, I'm just happy to be back out and healthy.”

Was it kind of a different injury to deal with because it’s so much a part of how your body moves?

“It wasn't easy. The rehab was long, tedious, and it was painful. But at the end of the day we've worked through it. Beau (Lowery) and all the guys here were available for me all offseason. So, by the time OTA’s and minicamp came around I was able to run and able to go. We just want to take it a little easy. Obviously, the goal was to be ready for training camp fully.”

I’ve seen you work at strongside and then Demario (Davis) at Will a lot, are you guys getting comfortable with that?

“Obviously, the coaches have us moving around a little bit. Like I said we have a versatile group so I'm pretty sure we’ll fall into the same kind of roles as last year. Me being at Sam and Mike but obviously all of us are called to know every single position just in case. Obviously like last year (when) I went down and Alex went down, there was a big shuffling in the linebacker corps, so everybody's ready to play at a moment's notice.

Speaking of Alex (Anzalone) what have you seen from him back out here?

“It's good to see him back out obviously being healthy. He was disappointed last year with his shoulder injury and obviously that’s the way the game goes sometimes. But he's made a lot of strides since his rookie year and I know he's excited to be back on the field.”

Does heat ever make you think you need to go a little tighter with the haircut?

**“**No, it is hot, and I contemplated a few times this summer, but no I’m just going to let my hair grow for a little bit.”