Meder Earns First AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week Honor

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



Jamie Meder played just eight special teams snaps for the Cleveland Browns during Sunday's (Dec. 24) 20-17 home win over the San Diego Chargers.

The most important of those snaps, Meder's first career National Football League blocked field goal to keep the Browns in the lead, has led to Meder earning his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award on Wednesday (Dec. 28) morning.

Meder, in his first season as a starter along the defensive line for the Browns, is the first Cleveland player to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week since wide receiver Travis Benjamin in Week 2 in 2015. He also is the first former Eagle to earn an NFL conference weekly honor since kicker Tim Seder was NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5 of 2001.

Meder, the former Ashland University All-American defensive lineman, made his 14th start of 2016 on Sunday, and in addition to the blocked field goal with 3:45 left in the game and the Browns leading by three points, added an assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry.

In 15 games this season, Meder has 46 total tackles (24 solo) and a sack.

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.