vs. Texas (2018), vs. Kansas (2018), @Houston (2020), @TCU (2020)
Ability to make sudden movements in his routes to gain separation in short yardage or red zone situations is because of his quick lateral agility which is a big strength. Strong hands that can make incredible contested catches with defenders draped over him is a big positive in his game as well. Will show great effort in the blocking game to open up plays for his teammates.
Not a blazing fast TE that is going to outrun majority of defenders in the open field. Is not going to be a TE that will block effectively on every single down as well. Being able to stretch the field is not his forte. Not super explosive in the open field, will look to be more physical after the catch.
After being out of football in the 2020 season due to concussion concerns, Grant Calcaterra made a return to football with SMU. Calcaterra is not a blazing fast or flexible TE that defenses will see as a receiver but, he is versatile and can be lined up all over the field. Was used at all the X, Y, and Z receiver roles throughout his colligate career. Has a very good ability to work the middle of the field and redzone because of his route running ability. Runs such effective routes because he has good lateral quickness and feet. The ability to make contested and leaping catches are present in his game as well. Has strong hands that are able to haul in the football at an excellent level. In the blocking game, Calcaterra will make a consistent effort at completing his blocks, but his technique and leg drive does need more improvement.
Being able to move so quickly when running quick COD routes near the goal line is because of his lateral agility. In the median of his routes, he is always able to explode into another gear to fool the defender. Has a good amount of physicality that allows him to be an all-around TE. This is not a blazing fast TE, but he does have some good speed to be able to line up anywhere on the football field.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
Good release off the line with his hand in the dirt or simply standing up. His pure catching ability and route running are his best traits. Super effective at working the middle of the field and the redzone. Gains most of his separation through quick niche moves that fool the defender his routes. Has strong hands that are able to make one handed and contested catches all over the field. There is a very excellent catching radius and body control present in his disposal. These traits allow himself to separate from a defender in 50/50 jump balls.
Will line up as a FB and be the lead blocker for the RB. At times, he uses his strong hands well when he goes to make a block. When a defender comes up to him in space, he does miss at times and the physicality will not always be there. When he has to pass block, he can chip with good effort. Can pick up blitzers at a good level if he sees the blitz clearly. Does have some power in his leg drives but more area of improvement is there.
Blocking in Space
Does show aggressiveness when making blocks as a lead blocker. Anytime the ball thrown his way, he always makes a consistent effort to try and catch the ball. Will show effort in any task thrown his way. Has the motor for a starting caliber TE.
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
Instincts show near the goal line and in the redzone to get open. Knows how to use a move to fool a defender for six. Versatile weapon that offenses can line up out at the boundary or in the Y receiver role vs LBs.