When the Green Bay Packers signed James Butler to a contract Thursday, and you could almost hear what Packer Fans were saying:

“We got Butler! Really?! Wow. He saved the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Awesome.”

“No, dude, that was Malcolm Butler. James Butler is a rookie wide receiver from Louisiana-Lafayette.”

“Who? Where? Oh.”

What did you expect the Packers do in trying to replace Jordy Nelson this season? Maybe sign Randy Moss? Wes Welker? James Jones? Another retired player? Another former Packer? Any veteran retread out there?

That’s just not the Packers way.

Ted Thompson rarely reacts to any news, whether it’s good or bad.

Good news usually is greeted with a nod and a smile. Bad news is always “Let’s wait and see.” No panic. No calling every GM in the NFL. No desperation trades. Maybe Aaron Rodgers expressed the feelings of the entire Packers organization with his now infamous comment from last season: R-E-L-A-X.

Unless the tires come completely off the bandwagon at midseason, don’t expect the Packers to do much more than the signing of Butler.

So the Packers will start Randall Cobb as the slot receiver, provided the shoulder injury he sustained Saturday night isn’t serious, and Davante Adams at wide receiver, although Adams plays more like a slot. I’d take both on my fantasy team, no hesitation (Adams was my sleeper pick until Jordy tore his ACL).

The other starting spot still appears to be up for grabs, so to speak, between Jeff Janis and Myles White, both of whom have played sparingly for the Pack, along with rookies Ty Montgomery (94th pick from Stanford) and the undrafted Butler. Jared Abbrederis is still recovering from his injury, so don’t count on him quite yet.

Thompson told Packers.com that with players like Nelson, “you don't expect to replace them tit-for-tat. I think it will command the work of the entire offense to make up for that loss.” And on whether the team will look at younger receivers over veterans: “We don't go into these meetings with any preconceived notion of whether we want to find an older fella or younger fella….We look for good people and good Football players.

We're not looking for anything different than what we were before.”

Every NFL team will suffer some sort of devastating injury to one of its key players this season. It’s just the rule. The Packers got theirs early, and they hope it’s the only one. But if the team could afford a season-ending injury anywhere it’s at wide receiver. The bigger worry should be the health of the offensive line and protecting Rodgers in the pocket, as well as the play of the tight ends, who certainly could take the pressure off losing Nelson by making some big plays. But that’s another story.

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