Former Ashland University defensive tackle Jamie Meder was promoted by the Cleveland Browns to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday (Dec. 27), in time to potentially make his National Football League debut on Sunday (Dec. 28) at the Baltimore Ravens.
Meder was signed by the Browns to their practice squad on Nov. 11, and has been there after spending the first 10 weeks of the regular season on the Ravens' practice squad. He was released by the Ravens on Nov. 10.
Meder originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent, but was released on the team's final cut on Labor Day Weekend. In four preseason games with Baltimore, Meder saw action in 54 plays (47 on defense, seven on special teams) and recorded four total tackles (two solos, two assists) and a pass breakup.
Meder was a two-time All-American as an Eagle, including a first-team American Football Coaches Association citation in 2013. He was a four-time first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 2010 and the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
In four seasons at Ashland, Meder recorded 247 total tackles (96 solos), 14 sacks and 35 tackles for loss.
If Meder plays against the Ravens, he will become the eighth former member of the Eagle football program to play in an NFL regular-season game, and the first since former teammate Jeris Pendleton, also a defensive tackle, with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013.