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.
New England vs Jets
NEW ENGLAND WIDE RECEIVERS
Left corner Bryce Hall and right corner Brandin Echols might be pretty good, but Hall is still only his second season and Echols is still a rookie. Perhaps they'll match route stride effectively with Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, but rookies are generally more likely to mess up assignments than veterans, and both Agholor and Bourne are capable route runners. So is Jakobi Meyers, who is apparently not allowed in the end zone but otherwise