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  • Comeback stories take on all shapes and sizes.The most prolific comeback is from injury. Alex Smith knows this form well, having earned the most incredible comeback in NFL history, and is the shoo-in for Comeback Player of the Year award in 2020.Another sort of comeback isn't the type so easily discu sed or pictured: A player who struggled both on and off the field with the rigors of playing in the NFL, turning his career around after most prematurely called it over.Smith's former teammate, , embodies a player attempting to make this type of comeback.The 36-year-old Smith, who has mentored the likes of and , said during a recent interview with that Haskins can turn it around if he can cut out the outside noise limiting his ability on the field."The first thing I hope with Dwayne -- and I've told him this -- is you don't have a chance until you've eliminated a lot of the distractions going on in your life," Smith said, . "It's hard as a young player, as a young draft pick, certainly as a quarterback thrust with a lot of weight and expectations."Haskins was a hyped first-round pick coming out of Ohio State. He lasted le s than two years in Washington before Ron Rivera and his staff had seen enough. The Football Team cut the QB after just 13 career starts. Not only did Haskins struggle on the field, but he also was critiqued for poor preparation and violating COVID-19 protocol in 2020.As Smith noted, the talent is there for Haskins to turn his career around."Certainly, there was a lot working against him the last two years that didn't allow him to reach his potential. He's a guy who's crazy gifted. Crazy talented. And, he's a good kid," Smith said.After being cut by Washington before the end of the season, Haskins garnered interest from the Carolina Panthers and to a reserve/futures contract. The immediate interest in Haskins underscores the talent he brings to the table.Getting another chance in Pittsburgh, as stable a franchise as there is in the NFL, could bring out the best in Haskins.