After tallying the votes, the 2013 Bucs Nation Rookie of the Year goes to tight end Tim Wright.
Wright's story is an interesting one, as he played wide receiver for Greg Schiano at Rutgers, and came to the team undrafted. Schiano saw something in him, probably his size and hands, and added him during training camp. Wright was log jammed behind a slew of receivers with more speed and better talent, but Schiano kept him around. He did not do much to impress in camp, so the team decided moving him to tight end might be the best thing to give him a chance to make the team, even though players such as Luke Stocker, Danny Noble and Nate Byham were already on the team and Tom Crabtree was the major free agent pick up.
Wright ended up making the team, mainly due to injuries by Noble and Crabtree, and was slated as the third string TE. He saw limited work early in the season, catching his first past against New England (where many remember he dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone), but his work load increased once Mike Glennon took over, as he caught 5 passes in Glennon's first start. Wright's breakout game came against the Eagles, where he led all Bucs receivers and tight ends with 7 receptions. In that game, Wright showed an ability to beat linebackers consistently and showcased a strong set of hands, catching many balls that were not even in his vicinity.
Wright and Glennon developed a solid rapport and Wright, outside of Vincent Jackson, became Glennon's go to guy. He finished as the second leading receiver on the team with 54 catches, and proved even as an undrafted wide receiver, he deserved a place on this team and in the league.
Final stats - 54 receptions, 571 yards, 5 touchdowns