This article is part of our 2020 NFL Breakout Watch 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.
MIN vs GB
Minnesota Wide Receivers
Eric Stokes might be good as a second or third corner, but he probably can't match up well against quality No. 1 receivers like Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. That's even more true for Rasul Douglas, who just doesn't have the speed to run downfield with a player like Jefferson. K.J. Osborn doesn't show up that often but he should have the advantage over slot corner Chandon Sullivan.