This article is part of our Corner Report series.
This article will go game by game looking at the top wide receivers from an offense and, based on the inside/outside and left/right splits in the alignment data of those receivers, identify the cornerbacks most likely to face them in man coverage. The corners named will parenthetically cite the rank of their coverage grade from Pro Football Focus from the 2018 season. The snap counts listed are not a projection, but rather the totals from so far this year.
Receivers very rarely see the same corner every play, be it due to formational quirks or zone coverage calls by the defense, so a receiver's fortunes depend on much more than just the quality of the corner they're likely to see the most in a given game. But it's part of the puzzle, and it's worth keeping track of.
Receivers are left with an Upgrade, Downgrade, or Even verdict based on their projected matchup. This shouldn't be read as 'good' or 'bad' but rather a measured tweak from the receiver's baseline projection.
Kansas City vs Baltimore
- KANSAS CITY WR SNAPS
Sammy Watkins: 135 snaps – 28 wide (15 left, 13 right), 101 slot (47 left, 64 right), four tight (three left, one right), two back
Demarcus Robinson: 112 snaps – 61 wide (41 left, 20 right), 41 slot (18 left, 23 right), eight tight (four left, four right), two back
Mecole Hardman: 108 snaps – 30 wide (16 left, 14 right), 69 slot (38 left, 31 right), four