This article is part of our Corner Report series.
This article will go game by game for the Sunday main slate 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.
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. Even against a bad corner, a good receiver can be denied the opportunity if the pass rush or something else outside his control complicates things. 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.
Houston vs Jacksonville
Houston Wide Receivers
It remains to be seen how the Jaguars handle their secondary personnel, but the clear WR1 for Houston is Brandin Cooks, who can line up and thrive from anywhere, be it outside or in the slot. Outside the Texans otherwise have Chris Conley and Nico Collins, while offseason trade acquisition Anthony Miller figures to play the slot snaps that Cooks doesn't.
The top Jaguars corner is probably Shaquill Griffin, with 2020 ninth overall pick C.J. Henderson