WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Considering the amount of injuries and the number of players under 25 who are counted upon, the Washington Redskins 3-5 record really isn't as dreary as it seems.
Top 10 players
1) Robert Griffin III - 1,778 pass yards, 476 rush yards, 14 total TD's, 3 INT.
Why: Griffin has strung together arguably the most impactful rookie season at the quarterback position, EVER. His impeccable decison making for a 22-year-old has outweighed both his arms and legs.
2) Alfred Morris - 717 rush yards, 5 TD's, just 1 fumble.
Why: The one thing nobody talks about: Does RGIII's arrival as the next elite quarterback happen this quickly without Morris? Definitely not. Who knows about Morris' longevity as a stud. But the start of his career has helped make the Redskins offense one of the most dynamic in the NFL.
3) Trent Williams - Domination.
Why: The maturity level and football awareness from the 24-year-old has been apparent in 2012. It's looking as if he's becoming a surefire pro bowl caliber left tackle. He's kept Jared Allen, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Abraham and Chris Long quiet, and his checklist is still growing.
4) Ryan Kerrigan - 24 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD, 5 pass deflections.
Why: Kerrigan's statistics don't usually parallel his large impact on the game. Some may argue that Brian Orakpo is more talented, but it's been Kerrigan's timely playmaking abilities that continue to stand out.
5) Santana Moss - 31 catches, 311 yards, 5 TD's.
Why: His resurgence obviously doesn't happen without Griffin slinging him the rock. But Moss probably wouldn't be getting as many looks if he was still playing at a bulky 205 pounds for his smaller frame. He needs just one more touchdown to tie his career-high as a Redskin.
6) Fred Davis - 24 catches, 325 yards, 0 TD
Why: His explosiveness in the middle of the field was missed Sunday in Pittsburgh, and will continually be felt throughout the second half of the season. If Washington doesn't offer Davis a multi-year deal this offseason, somebody will.
7) Lorenzo Alexander - 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery (stats from Pittsburgh game not updated at time of this posting)
Why: He shouldn't be this high on the list. Other younger players should be stepping up in Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. But Alexander's smarts and versatility have been valuable so far in 2012.
8) London Fletcher - 65 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT, 5 pass deflections
Why: He's lost half a step, and will no longer dominate an NFL game -- at least I don't think so. Still, he's a top five middle linebacker in the NFC and could eventually wind up in the Hall of Fame.
9) Darrel Young - 11 touches, 91 yards, 1 TD.
Why: Alfred Morris has called Young a "big brother" for all the mentoring the fullback has given the flourishing rookie. It's doubtful the running game would be as prosperous without his punishing blocks and vision on option plays.
10) Barry Cofield -19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 safety, 2 pass deflections
Why: Washington has been decent at stopping the run, and that all starts with Cofield's big frame.
5) Leonard Hankerson - 37 catches, 293 yards, 1 TD.
Why: When you look at the success of Victor Cruz, Jeremy Maclin, Dez Bryant etc. in the NFC East, Hankerson has to be graded on a harsher scale. Though he hasn't played terrible by any means, he's yet to become a reliable target for Griffin III.
4) Brandon Banks - Long of 55 on a kick return, long of 20 on punts.
Why: No touchdowns. Outside of a few option plays in a loss to the Bengals, Banks has yet to jolt any electricity into the team. His leash gets shorter each and every week.
3) Jarvis Jenkins - 11 tackles.
Why: Remember all the rave about this guy during the 2011 preseason? Yeah, that feels like ancient history. Jenkins was expected to be a force in the pass rush. Instead his tenure with the Redskins has been like the month of March: in like a Lion, out like a lamb.
2) Josh Wilson - 38 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD, 8 passes deflected.
Why: So what if he's made a few plays. Opposing offensive coordinators don't even have to brainstorm some elaborate game plan in attacking the Redskins. Just consistently throw Wilson's way, and your bound to score points.
1) DeAngelo Hall - 54 tackles, 2 INT, 6 passes deflected.
Why: It's hard to name a more embarrassing player in the sporting world -- both by the way he plays, and acts -- than DeAngelo Hall. I'll give you Alex Rodriguez. But that's it. Fans will want Hall's mental meltdown against the referees in Pittsburgh to be his final act in Washington. But because Hall is due $16.5 million over the next two years of his contract, the Redskins are all but married to the NFL's most foolish persona. You can thank Vinny Cerato for that.