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.
TEN vs NO
Who knows what's going on with Julio Jones (hamstring). If he plays, and if he doesn't reinjure himself, he should see some favorable looks against Paulson Adebo, assuming the Saints aren't ready to play Bradley Roby in a three-down role yet. That would be a more favorable matchup than the shadow coverage of Marshon Lattimore, which A.J. Brown might otherwise draw, but it's not cause to downgrade a player of Brown's abilities. The third receiver in the Tennessee offense changes every