This article is part of our On Target series.
As the season goes on, we are going to focus more on each week's WR/CB matchups. However, with the sample sizes being so small (for example, Ronald Darby is the most targeted corner in the league, but he faced Julio Jones and Mike Evans in back-to-back weeks), I'm trying not to draw any massive conclusions. Instead, let's take a look at three cornerbacks who have been surprisingly not good through two games and then at some high-volume Air Yard accruing WRs.
Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals
Kirkpatrick is regarded as one of the better cover corners in the NFL. He is asked to do a lot of work against opposing No. 1's in a division with Antonio Brown, and he's only given up more than three touchdowns in a season one time (and that was last year with five). This year, though, Kirkpatrick has already given up two touchdowns in coverage and has been targeted 19 times through two games after only being targeted 82 times in all of 2017. This is a situation to follow closely, as a drop in his game would be bad for the whole Bengals defense.
Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
I actually already wrote about Ward in a preseason edition of this column; I expected that he would have an immediate positive impact on the Browns secondary, and while I do not think he has been bad by any means, he has allowed 17 targets to turn into 13 receptions against