CARLISLE, PA., JULY 28 -- The Washington Redskins turned the stage over to their rookies and young veterans one final time this afternoon and the result was a 28-24 scrimmage victory over the New England Patriots before 4,500 at Carlisle High School.

Rookie quarterback Cary Conklin, free agent wide receiver Walter Stanley and rookie defensive tackle Kent Wells were among several players who appear to have caught the eyes of the coaching staff.

But when Coach Joe Gibbs began his postgame evaluation, he started with a familiar name.

"I don't normally like to talk a lot this early," he said, "but so far Jimmie {Johnson} has done all he can do. I'm not into saying who's the starter right now, but he's done a good job."

That's about as close as Gibbs will come to rewarding someone a starting job this early in camp. And it's the highest form of compliment for H-back Johnson, the second-year player from Howard, who had his second straight big day, catching five passes for 75 yards.

He caught three of those passes as Stan Humphries took the Redskins on a five-play, 65-yard drive on their second of five possessions in a scrimmage that consisted of 50 plays for each side.

Johnson caught passes of six, nine and 24 yards to set up the touchdown -- a 12-yard Humphries dart to Ron Middleton.

"Jimmie has a chance to be one of those guys that can do all the things you want from that position," Gibbs said.

Johnson, who played sparingly last season, took another good day in stride and said he welcomes Monday's arrival of veterans.

"I'm happy," he said. "I can't be disappointed with what has happened so far. Believe me, I came here just hoping to make the team, and if I did that, to play more than last year. But I really think the more I play, the more I can contribute."

Having shifted to H-back, where there are more pass routes and less blocking, he and Terry Orr are competing for playing time. However, Gibbs has said the Redskins may use three wide receivers about 60 percent of the time, and in most of those formations, Ricky Sanders lines up as the H-back.

"We'll see," Johnson said. "Everyone wants to play and I'm no different. I know Coach Gibbs can't give everyone what they want, so all you can do is go out and try to impress him when you have a chance."

Johnson was no happier than Conklin, who was coming off a three-for-13 performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Conklin began today with another heavy rush in his face and by missing his first four pass attempts.

But he got cranked up with a 26-yarder to Johnson and twice took the Redskins in for touchdowns after New England scores. On the first one, he rolled out of the pocket and found Stanley for a 24-yard play. On the second, he flipped the ball one yard over the line to John Brandes. Conklin finished seven for 13 for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

"You keep adding it a page at a time with a young quarterback," Gibbs said. "We didn't write him off after Wednesday's scrimmage and we're not jumping up and down today. But he went out there and took us down the field twice."

Conklin shrugged off the three-for-13 day against Pittsburgh and seemed to shrug off this one. "I wasn't that down after Wednesday," he said. "I wasn't expecting miracles my first scrimmage after two practices. I know I should have had a few more completions, but that's the way it goes. We moved the ball today and got a couple of touchdowns. I was just trying to concentrate a little harder, sit in the pocket and show some poise. The line did a good job the last two times."

He said he welcomed Monday's arrival of starting quarterback Mark Rypien and friends, adding, "It'll be a good time to learn from Mark and see where he goes with the ball on certain plays."

Humphries and veteran reserve Jeff Rutledge also were impressive as the Redskins called only 10 running plays. Humphries completed 10 of 12 for 89 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rutledge connected on eight of 10 for 97 yards and a touchdown. Stanley, a Plan B signee who'll probably be the kick and punt returner, caught two touchdown passes.

Humphries' day was divided into the bad and the very good. Gibbs complimented him on his work in the pregame, seven-on-seven drills, but he began the scrimmage by throwing into heavy coverage -- and into the hands of Patriots cornerback Ronnie Lippett.

On his second possession, he was on target, completing five of five for 65 yards, including the 12-yarder to Middleton for the score.

When Rutledge hit Stanley with an 18-yard scoring pass on the Redskins' third possession, Washington led, 14-3.

But Patriots rookie Tommy Hodson from Louisiana State threw two quick touchdown passes for a 17-14 New England lead.

That's when Gibbs turned things over to Conklin, who hit Johnson for 26, Ken Whisenhunt for eight, then rolled out and found Stanley behind cornerback Eric Coleman.

Patriots rookie Michael Proctor threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Greg McMurtry, and on Washington's last chance, Conklin led the Redskins on a 10-play, 45-yard drive.

The drive stalled at the 27, and when Chip Lohmiller attempted a 44-yard field goal for a tie, the Patriots were called for offsides. Conklin then hit Stephen Hobbs for 13 before twice giving the ball to Tom Brown.

That got it to the 1 yard-line, and on third and goal, he faked a dive and flipped the ball to Brandes.

"We got good work in in both these scrimmages," Gibbs said. "It's been a quiet camp, but that usually ends when the veterans get here. They seem to bring a problem or two. We'll see."

The Redskins scrimmage twice next week, hosting the Steelers on Wednesday, then flying to Buffalo on Saturday.