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A.J. Klein | Linebacker

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/30/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
College: Iowa State
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Panthers second-year LB A.J. Klein is learning all three linebacker spots.
Klein is competing with Chase Blackburn for the starting weak-side linebacker job, and also backing up Luke Kuechly. He was mostly limited to special teams as a rookie, but held his own in two starts and is a candidate for more playing time. Kuechly and Thomas Davis stay on the field in nickel packages, so Klein would only have a two-down role. Fri, Jun 20, 2014 06:19:00 PM

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Panthers second-year LB A.J. Klein is expected to get a chance to start in 2014.

He'd most likely push journeyman WLB Chase Blackburn at weak-side linebacker. A 2013 fifth-round pick out of Iowa State, Klein held up well in two rookie-year starts. He's still unlikely to make a serious IDP dent next season.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Panthers signed fifth-round LB A.J. Klein to a four-year contract.

Klein was a three-year starter at Iowa State, playing both strong-side and weak-side linebacker. He and Chase Blackburn will be the main backups at linebacker in Carolina, and Klein will play a lot on special teams as a rookie.
Thu, May 23, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Panthers selected Iowa State LB A.J. Klein with the No. 148 overall pick.

Klein (6-foot-1 1/4, 250) saw action at both strong- and weak-side linebacker as a three-year starter for the Cyclones. He tallied 20 career tackles for loss and tied an NCAA linebacker record with four pick-sixes. Klein ran 4.66 at the Combine and did 20 reps on the bench. Primarily a SAM 'backer with plus athleticism and thumping ability, Klein could be a poor man's Chad Greenway. He'll initially focus on special teams unless something goes wrong with Jon Beason's health, which has been known to happen.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 02:47:00 PM

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