Meder Set For First NFL Opening Day With Browns

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Browns.
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Browns.

Former Ashland University All-American defensive lineman Jamie Meder is preparing for his first opening day on a National Football League 53-man roster as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Meder, 24, recently finished his second NFL 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.

In four 2015 preseason games (one start), Meder finished with 11 total tackles (eight solos), one sack and a forced fumble. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Meder graded out as the Browns' best player in the preseason.

Cleveland's first regular-season game of 2015 will be Sunday (Sept. 13) at 1 p.m. at the New York Jets.

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 collegiate career totals include 247 total tackles (96 solo), 35 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Meder is the eighth former Eagle to play in an NFL regular-season game:

PLAYER

POSITION

YEARS IN NFL

TEAMS

Jamie Meder

Defensive line

2014-current

Cleveland '14-current

Ryan Myers

Linebacker

2005-06

New York Jets '05-06

Ray Novotny

Back

1930-32

Portsmouth '30, Cleveland '31, Brooklyn '32

Bill Overmyer

Linebacker

1972

Philadelphia '72

Jeris Pendleton

Defensive line

2012-14

Jacksonville '12, Indianapolis '13-IR '14

Tim Seder

Kicker

2000-02

Dallas '00-01, Jacksonville '02

Walt Williams

Defensive back

1977-83

Detroit '77-80, Minnesota '81-82, Chicago '82-83

Mike Wright

Defensive line

2005-11

New England '05-11

 

 

AU

FB/DS