Corner Report: Week 14

Corner Report: Week 14

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. The corners named will parenthetically cite the rank of their coverage grade from Pro Football Focus from the 2020 season, though sometimes with reference to prior years when noted.

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.

NYG vs ARI

GIANTS WIDE RECEIVERS

Dre Kirkpatrick (51.1 PFF) at right corner and Patrick Peterson (50.2 PFF) at left corner are both big, aging corners better suited to handling the sideline against receivers built like themselves than chasing smurf receivers laterally. Sterling Shepard isn't exactly a smurf but still isn't the kind of receiver these

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