On Monday, Mike Pettine spent some time praising Jamie Meder. The Valley Forge High School and Ashland University product spent time on the Browns practice squad in 2014 and appeared in one game. He has had a good training camp and preseason.
“Jamie is a guy that has played very well for us,” Pettine said. “He is not a flashy guy, but he is very good with his technique and with his hands. I am very pleased with where Jamie is. We are just going to see how it all plays out. As we all know, that is a room where we have tremendous depth. Jamie is a guy that – I think (defensive coordinator Jim) O’Neil said it the other day – if you had to vote for a most improved that he would certainly be in the discussion.”
Although the rosters have a long way to go to get to 53—at least for now— the Browns appear to have chosen him over veteran defensive lineman Ishmaa’Ily Kitchen, who has been released according to multiple reports. The OBR’s Lane Adkins stated Monday in his Fast Lane column that it would likely come down to Kitchen or Meder for a roster spot.
Kitchen, 27, spent the last three seasons with the Browns. After being signed in 2012, Kitchen played in 40 games for the Browns, but after drafting Danny Shelton with the first pick in 2015 and Phil Taylor at nose tackle, Kitchen was caught in a numbers game.
In 2014, Kitchen started three of the 12 games in which he appeared and finished with a career-high 43 tackles. In Week 15 against the Bengals, Kitchen suffered a fracture in his left leg but kept playing. With the Browns’ defensive line already low in numbers due to injury, the coaches praised his effort.
The Browns made five other moves Tuesday morning to get to 79 officially as the Kitchen move has not been formally announced by the Browns. They placed offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder) and quarterback Connor Shaw (right thumb) on injured reserve and placed defensive back Ifo-Ekpre-Olomu (knee), tight end Randall Teller (foot) and running back Glenn Winston (knee) were placed on Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Players on reserve/non-football injury are eligible to return to practice between week 6-11. Once a player returns to practice, he must be activated within three weeks or will remain on the reserve list. Players placed on reserve/injured are out for the season.