This article is part of our Corner Report series.
This article will go game by game 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. The corners named will parenthetically cite the rank of their coverage grade from Pro Football Focus from the 2019 season. The snap counts listed are not a projection, but rather the totals from so far this year.
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. 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.
ATL vs CAR
ATLANTA WR SNAPS
Calvin Ridley: 678 snaps – 412 wide (158 left, 254 right), 243 slot (83 left, 160 right), five tight (three left, two right), 18 back
Julio Jones: 568 snaps – 325 wide (202 left, 123 right), 231 slot (128 left, 103 right), 10 tight (three left, seven right), two back
Russell Gage: 329 snaps – 86 wide (44 left, 42 right), 236 slot (135 left, 101 right), four tight