Former Ashland University standout defensive linemen Jamie Meder and Jeris Pendleton are working to secure spots on the 2015 regular-season rosters of the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Meder, 24, is in his second National Football League training camp and his first with Cleveland. He became the first former Eagle to play in a regular-season game for the Browns in Week 17 of the 2014 season at Baltimore, recording one solo tackle. Meder originally was an undrafted free agent with the Ravens last year, and spent more than two months on their practice squad before joining Cleveland.
Following in a long line for highly-decorated AU defensive linemen, Meder was a two-time All-American, Ashland's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year (2010), a two-time GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year (2012-13) and a four-time All-GLIAC first-teamer. His career totals include 247 total tackles (96 solo), 35 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Cleveland's four preseason games are Aug. 13 at home against Washington, Aug. 20 at home against Buffalo, Aug. 29 at Tampa Bay and Sept. 3 at Chicago.
Pendleton, 31, is in his fourth NFL training camp after Jacksonville selected him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. He has seen time in five NFL regular-season games – four with the Jaguars as a rookie and one with the Colts in 2013 – and has two solo tackles and an assist. He missed the entire 2014 season due to injury.
A transfer from Joliet Junior College, Pendleton's two seasons as an Eagle were impressive. He was a first-team All-GLIAC selection in 2011 after earning all-conference honorable mention in 2010. Pendleton racked up 84 total tackles (39 solo), 11 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles at Ashland.
Indianapolis will play its four preseason contests Aug. 16 at Philadelphia, Aug. 22 at home against Chicago, Aug. 29 at St. Louis and Sept. 3 at home against Cincinnati.
Meder and Pendleton are two of eight former Eagles to have played in an NFL regular-season game.