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Updating Dolphins' depth chart at receiver, tight end

The Miami Dolphins made a series of moves in the past several days that altered the look of their offense.

Miami traded No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The Dolphins also traded for former New Orleans Saints receiver Kenny Stills in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick.

Clearly, the Dolphins still have plenty of moves to make a both positions.

The biggest issue is finding another starting wide receiver. Rishard Matthews has talent and made some plays the past several seasons, but he cannot be relied on as a starter, especially with a young receiving corps.

It will be interesting to see if the Dolphins go young or experienced to find another starting receiver. Miami could explore free agency with options such as Miami native Reggie Wayne, Michael Crabtree and Dwayne Bowe. None of these receivers are dominant players but could be productive, short-term options.

The draft also is deep with receivers. The top three of Kevin White of West Virginia, DeVante Parker of Louisville and Amari Cooper of Alabama are all exciting prospects and projected top-10 or top-15 picks. Miami can hope one of those receivers falls to No. 14 overall, but that would make its receiving corps very young.

Miami’s tight end position is solid, even with starter Charles Clay’s situation in flux. The Dolphins placed the transition tag on Clay to reserve the right to match any offers. So far the Buffalo Bills have the most interest, but Miami can afford to wait and see if anything materializes. The Dolphins wisely got athletic tight end Jordan Cameron as insurance. Dion Sims also is a solid backup.