Why does Giants WR Roger Lewis have a new jersey number for 2017? May 22 2017

Former BGSU and current New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis wore #82 during his rookie season. However, he's embraced #18 for the 2017 season.

Why?

In case you weren't aware as to his context, this report at ProFootballTalk.com provides some background including this excerpt:

The situation nearly broke him. Acquitted by a jury on one rape charge, the jury couldn’t agree on a verdict as to the second charge. With a second trial on that charge approaching, Lewis pleaded guilty to providing false information to police.

“All this, everything that’s happening, is just God blessing me with just the little things,” Lewis said. “Just reminding myself that I’m an undrafted free agent. . . . I have to play with a chip on my shoulder every day.”