The New York Giants were busy on Monday evening, releasing a pair of tight ends, making another addition to their coaching staff and parting ways with two scouts that have been with the organization since the days of Ernie Accorsi.
Neil Stratton of Inside the League was the first to report the firings, which have since been confirmed by several other outlets.
Jones, who served as the team’s Northeast area scout, had been with the organization for 20 years. Meanwhile, Etheridge, who served as the team’s Southwest area scout, joined the organization one year after Jones and has been under their employ for 19 years.
Not only did Jones and Etheridge survive the transition from Accorsi to Jerry Reese, they initially survived the transition from Reese to Dave Gettleman.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports that these moves are part of an ongoing revamp to the scouting department, which previously saw Chris Pettit promoted to director of college scouting.
This is an ongoing revamp by Gettleman, who changed the way the Giants rank players on their draft board, altered the way the scouts send in reports, promoted Chris Pettit to director of college scouting and hired specific personnel to help the organization upgrade its analytics department.
The Giants have the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and will have their entire staff on hand in Indianapolis for the 2020 NFL Combine.