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Dwayne Haskins says he avoids social media following a loss

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Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins -- like most 23-year-olds -- is pretty active on social media. 

However, following his four-turnover performance against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Twitter was the last place Haskins would have wanted to check out.

On Wednesday, the quarterback was asked how he's able to drown out the outside noise and criticism that he's been a subject of on both major TV networks and social media. Haskins responded by saying he simply doesn't pay attention to it.

"I haven't had cable since high school, so I don't watch ESPN or major TV networks," Haskins said. "I could really care less what a page has to tag me in or what Twitter has to say."

Deleting socials is a trick Haskins said he learned from his former Ohio State teammate J.T. Barrett, who was the Buckeyes starter during Haskins' first two years on campus.

"We played Iowa after we beat Penn State, J.T. had a great game, came back the next week and didn't have a great game," Haskins said. "He had some interceptions, plays he wanted back. He literally told me, 'Do not look at your phone after a loss. That's the worst thing you could do.'"

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Earlier this summer, Haskins' former college head coach Urban Meyer expressed some concern about the passer's social media usage.

"Dwayne likes the social media," Meyer told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay in an exclusive interview. "He's all over the social media. I worry about that a little bit."

 

Based on Haskins' comments on Wednesday, it seems as if he's taken Meyer's words to heart.

"That's just opinion, that's just noise," Haskins said of outside criticism. "That's not in the building, that's not my teammates, not the people that came up to me after a play and talk to me about what I see out there. So, it's really just being tough, having resiliency and a great mindset of understanding people are going to have things to say about you."

While that response from Haskins was encouraging, the second-year quarterback knows his play must turn around, too, in order for a true difference to be made.

"People hate on the greatest players, that's just part of the game," Haskins said. "You'd rather have people talk about you than not talk about you because that means you're doing something right. Gotta figure out how to keep doing things right, keep getting better and win some games and have somebody talk some positive stuff."