A week ago, Ravens free agent rookie Prince Miller went home for the birth of a daughter. He returned to camp in time to make a case for making the team as a reserve cornerback and punt returner.
Miller had a big game on defense -- three tackles and two passes defensed -- in the preseason opener on Thursday. But his 57-yard punt return was one of the game's highlights. Perhaps the best part of the run was that seven different Panthers had a shot at Miller -- and couldn't bring him down.
"When you're running with the ball, you're not really thinking about that," Miller said about the would-be tacklers missing him. "It just kind of flies by. Your natural ability takes over. You're not out there thinking about your next move, you're just running. It was a great experience. I can't thank the guys enough for giving me great blocking. It all goes back to that. Those guys put in a lot of work in practice."
Miller missed a couple days of practice when he went home for the birth of Nyla Imani Miller. He said he felt like he was playing for her on Thursday.
"Every day I'm out here, I'm playing my heart out," he said. "She's doing good. I talk to them back home every day and night. I want to be there, but this is business, and I love being here, too. This is what I'm doing to invest in our future."
Miller, just 5-8, went undrafted after a solid career at Georgia. He said the pro game has started to slow down a bit for him.
"Once you're here and start learning from the older guys, they take you in and teach you how to watch film, how to study," Miller said. "Once you get out there, it's easy. And once you play [against] our offense and go out there, it slows down a whole lot."