Former Ashland University All-American defensive lineman Jamie Meder has finished a successful first full National Football League season as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Meder had an assisted tackle in the Browns' 28-12 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday (Jan. 3). Coming off the bench for all 16 games for Cleveland as a key member of the defensive line rotation as both a nose tackle and a defensive end, Meder finished 2015 with 33 total tackles (16 solo) and a sack.
Meder 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. He 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.
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.