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 2019 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.
CAR vs ATL
CAROLINA WR SNAPS
D.J. Moore: 558 snaps – 399 wide (286 left, 113 right), 139 slot (86 left, 53 right), six tight (six left), 14 back
Curtis Samuel: 526 snaps – 264 wide (90 left, 174 right), 217 slot (109 left, 108 right), six tight (two left, four right), 39 back
Jarius Wright: 365 snaps – 50 wide (26 left, 24 right), 297 slot (149 left, 148 right), 10 tight (five