Corner Report: Week 5

Corner Report: Week 5

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.
 

Tampa Bay vs Miami

TAMPA BAY WIDE RECEIVERS

It's not clear whether Byron Jones (quadriceps/Achilles) will be able to play, or if he does it's not clear whether he'll play his usual workload. It's also not clear whether, if available, Jones would be deployed with a specific receiver assignment or a set directional alignment. Jones usually plays the right side, and if he plays there he should see the most of Mike Evans, who lines up on the left (the defense's right) a bit

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