Prince Miller said that he could have remained on the practice squad after being cut earlier this month by the Ravens, but chose instead to be an extra body in New England rather than Baltimore.
Miller, who impressed many during training camp with his athleticism as a punt returner while also seeing time at cornerback because of the team's injury-depleted secondary, returned to the Ravens this week.
He is no longer a practice squad player, but a member of the 53-man roster. The undrafted free agent from Georgia resigned with the Ravens Tuesday after the team cut cornerback Bryan McCann, the same player it signed in a move that prompted Miller's release.
Miller will likely be inactive for Sunday's game in Cincinnati. It doesn't appear that Miller will be needed at nickel back anytime soon. Returning punts is certainly a possibility, given what happened Monday night against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands with Tom Zbikowski, particularly on one return that nearly proved disastrous.
Miller averaged 12.4 yards on 10 punt returns during the preseason, including a 57-yarder that led to a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
"Whereever I'm needed I'll fill in," Miller said Thursday before practice in Owings Mills. "We have a lot of guys who bring things to the table in terms of returning kicks, the biggest thing is ball security. You don't ever want to put the defense back on the field."
Miller is not getting comfortable, since he knows that this is essentially a three-week tryout. NFL rules stipulate that a player signed off another team's practice squad has to remain on the roster for three weeks.
"You just have to treat every day like your job depends on it," Miller said.
Miller called being cut by the Ravens a "learning experience" in making the adjustment from treating football as a game to a business.
After being cut, Miller picked the Patriots over the Ravens because he saw more of a chance to get on the 53-man roster in New England.
"I had to make the decision fast," he said. "It was a decision that had to be made and I had to make the best of it."
Now that he's back, Miller said "I love the guys, it's good to be back."