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.
Buffalo vs Washington
BUFFALO WIDE RECEIVERS
William Jackson and Kendall Fuller are a good starting duo at corner, even if the results haven't been there so much through two weeks. Fuller tends to move into the slot in three-wide sets, leaving rookie third-round pick Benjamin St-Juste to step in on outside opposite Jackson. Buffalo logs more wide receiver snaps than most teams, so Jackson/Fuller/St-Juste should be the primary loadout of the Washington secondary. Cole Beasley should see the most of Fuller, while Stefon Diggs and