ASHLAND — It took just one preseason game for former Ashland University All-American defensive lineman Jamie Meder to show he isn’t going to rest on his 2015 season.
On Friday (Aug. 12) night in the Cleveland Browns’ first National Football League preseason game of 2016, Meder was involved in a first-quarter safety and finished with four total tackles in the Browns’ 17-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
With 5:01 left in the first quarter, Meder and linebacker Tank Carder combined to tackle Packer running back James Starks in the end zone to give the Browns a 2-0 lead.
Of Meder’s four total tackles (two solo, two assists), one was for loss and one was for no gain. He finished the night having seen action in 31 plays on defense – at both nose tackle and defensive end – and one on special teams.
In his first full NFL season in 2015, Meder came off the bench in all 16 regular-season games for the Browns as a key member of the defensive line rotation as both a nose tackle and a defensive end. He finished 2015 with 33 total tackles (16 solo) and a sack of Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota on Sept. 20.
Meder became the first former Eagle to play in a regular-season game for the Browns in Week 17 of the 2014 campaign at Baltimore, recording one solo tackle. He originally was an undrafted free agent with the Ravens two years ago, and spent more than two months on their practice squad before joining Cleveland.
Following in a long line of 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.