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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Local product Meder is making the most of chance at right end





Defensive lineman Jamie Meder celebrates his tackle of Green Bay running back James Starks for a safety.

By Mary Kay Cabot

August 16, 2016

Parma Heights native Jamie Meder is getting a chance to start for his hometown team at right end, and he's hoping it ends right.

A second-year pro out of Ashland, Meder took all the first-team reps in practice Monday at right end ahead of Xavier Cooper, the starter since the beginning of camp.

Meder earned the starting opportunity by jumping out on film in the Green Bay game, where he combined with Tank Carder on a safety in the first quarter. Overall, he had four tackles and a quarterback hit in 31 snaps.

''Oh yeah, he deserves it,'' said coach Hue Jackson. ''Jamie played extremely well last week. He's very valuable to us. I don't know if it was just because of that. As you guys see, we put a lot of people in a lot of different positions to give them opportunities, and he's very deserving. I will say that.''

Meder (6-3, 308) displayed tenacity. ''He's tough,'' said Jackson. ''He's really tough. He's strong. He knocks people back and he pursues the football the way you have to pursue the football.''


The first-team line Monday consisted of seventh-year Nick Hayden at left end, Danny Shelton in the middle and Meder on the right. ''We're going to play our best players,'' Jackson said. ''If a guy has a skill and he can help our football team, whether it's at nose guard or defensive end, then we're going to give him a chance. I don't think it's to get bigger. We're just going to put our best guys out there. If that's the combination that works, then that's who we'll put out there.''

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