This article is part of our Corner Report series.
UPDATE: Darius Slay is a game-time decision for Detroit. If he's out, we can probably call it an upgrade for each of Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson – slot corner Justin Coleman would be the primary remaining obstacle, but each receiver would get enough looks away from him to see beneficial matchups even so
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.
BALTIMORE vs CLEVELAND
- BALTIMORE WR SNAPS
Willie Snead: 150 snaps – 19 wide (seven left, 12 right), 116 slot (48 left, 68