The Ravens have added inside linebacker A.J. Klein to their 53-man roster, signing him off the New York Giants’ observe squad.
Klein has performed for the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills and Giants over his 10-year NFL profession. He appeared in 15 video games final season for the Bills, beginning 4. The 31-year-old joined the Giants’ observe squad Monday after the Bills launched him within the offseason.
“It’s been quite a 48 hours for him, I get, just from talking to him,” defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald stated Thursday. “But shoot, he’s got a great track record. He’s been in the league a long time. He knows how to play. He’s just in a very familiar system for the last couple of days. So shoot, we were just talking about a couple of the calls, and he’s catching right along during special teams. But he can play all three linebacker spots, so he’s going to provide some position flexibility for us and just needed depth right now. And then we’ll see where it goes.”
The Ravens have wanted assist at inside linebacker, the place inconsistency and accidents have stretched the group skinny. Starters Patrick Queen and Josh Bynes have each struggled this season, and high reserve Malik Harrison has needed to play on the sting amid accidents to the skin linebacker group. Rookie Josh Ross (foot) is on injured reserve, and particular groups contributors Kristian Welch and Del’Shawn Phillips have performed only one mixed snap on protection this season.
Klein stated Thursday that he noticed a “good fit” in Baltimore. He began finding out the Giants’ protection when he signed earlier this week, and he stated there’s a “lot of carryover” from former Ravens coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale’s system to Macdonald’s. But it’s unclear whether or not Klein could possibly be prepared by Sunday evening’s sport towards the Bengals; he joked that “I’m not sure what the game plan even is” for Cincinnati. He’d study that later within the day.
“I’ve been around a lot of good coaches and I’ve played a lot of ball,” he stated. “So hopefully, I can bring experience and share that knowledge and help the back seven communicate. Whatever asset or wherever they see me playing and helping out is what I’ll do.”
Over 134 profession video games, Klein has 449 tackles, 15 1/2 sacks, 4 interceptions and eight pressured fumbles.
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