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James Butler signs with Green Bay Packers - receiver will wear number 13

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In light of the recent season-ending injury suffered by number one target Jordy Nelson last weekend, the Green Bay Packers have moved to add depth to their wide receiving corp today.

But, rather than following the path of the New England Patriots who added the experience of Reggie Wayne this week, the Packers have opted for youth in their bid to give Aaron Rodgers a new option.

New arrival

As first reported by Packers beat writer Weston Hodkiewicz, Green Bay have signed James Butler - an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana-Lafayette.


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The move, which has been confirmed by the Packers' general manager Ted Thompson, comes slightly out of left field with Butler not having exactly lit it up during his college days.

In four years with the Ragin' Cajuns, the 6ft 3 inch wideout managed just 87 receptions for 1,130 yards and four touchdowns. 

As well as going undrafted, Hodkiewicz also noted that James Butler didn't even receive a mini camp invite in the NFL. Clearly, though, Green Bay have seen something they like.

Post Jordy

Whilst Butler's college numbers don't exactly compare well to those racked up by the sidelined Jordy Nelson in the 2014 NFL season, Butler's arrival is far from a direct replacement.

If the youngster manages to win a roster spot he will find himself at the back of a queue that still contains a number of options despite Nelson's absence.

As well as Randell Cobb and Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers has the likes of Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis to throw to in 2015.

James Butler will wear the number 13 jersey for the Green Bay Packers.

Packers fans: Can your team cope without Jordy Nelson, and what are your expectations for 2015? Have your say in the comments below...

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