Weston was third of the Patriots’ four seventh-round choices in April.
But there’s a catch. The Patriots actually waived/injured Weston, which means that if he clears waivers, his rights will revert to New England and he’ll go on injured reserve. This is a mechanism in the system that keeps teams from stashing young players.
In fact, this is exactly what the Broncos did with safety Josh Barrett a couple weeks back. But the Patriots kept Barrett from getting to IR, claiming him off waivers and placing him on the 80-man roster (they can move him to IR after the final cutdown.)
Ventrone returns after being cut eight days ago.