Jimmie Johnson's pass-catching abilities are, unfortunately, in direct conflict with his football standing. So the Washington Redskins' tight end and H-back likely will spend most of Sunday afternoon locked in another blocking assignment.

When the Redskins throw, they usually don't throw his way, and even an outstanding training camp hasn't changed matters so far. Realistically there's precious little that can be done, there being only one football and each member of the Posse -- Art Monk, Ricky Sanders, Gary Clark -- having at least nine receptions, more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown so far this season.

Johnson's going to be a team guy about this.

"I've been getting a lot more playing time; I've been doing very well with that," he said.

"I knew going into this season, and as long as I'm here with the Redskins, that I wasn't going to be catching as many balls that I could possibly catch. We have Art Monk, Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark and Kelvin Bryant and a host of others. I'm pretty content with knowing that I won't be getting as many balls as I possibly could elsewhere. If I could get two or three a game, that'd {make me} happy."

Last year the 12th round draft choice from Howard made an early impression to make the team and quickly moved up the depth chart. His one-handed grab against Philadelphia in Week 10 led to the winning score; Washington won five of its last six afterward.

Johnson was one of this summer's training camp surprises. He cleanly won the H-back spot from the beginning and never was headed. In preseason, he had been as much of a passing target as anyone, finishing third on the team in catches with eight, including a touchdown.

Coach Joe Gibbs, doing something very uncharacteristic, compared Johnson to former Chargers great Kellen Winslow, who spent the majority of his career making dozens of catches in San Diego's Gibbs-influenced passing attack.

"That was a great compliment," Johnson said. "Coming up as a youngster, he was definitely one of my idols at tight end, and {Cleveland's} Ozzie Newsome. Being compared to him is definitely something I thought highly of . . . they {the Chargers} had three guys catch over 1,000 yards, but it was two wide receivers and a tight end doing it. It could be even nicer if the Redskins could go for 4,000 yards this season, three wide receivers and myself. That would be nice. But that's highly unlikely."

So far, this regular season hasn't been that way; it's been the Posse as usual. Johnson has caught two passes for 52 yards, both coming in the 26-13 loss in San Francisco last week.

"That's something Coach Gibbs and the staff has to work with," Johnson said, "and Rip {quarterback Mark Rypien} as a quarterback, as far as spreading the wealth and getting it to everybody and keeping everybody happy. I'm fine, as long as I can get out there and help the team, whether it's catching or blocking or special teams.

"Of course, my forte, my specialty, is catching the ball. Of course, I would want to get more balls. But whatever they need me to do, that's okay with me."

The Redskins threw the ball all over the yard at the end of last season, going away from the ground game because they had to. It's carried over to this season; their run-pass ratio in two games is 1.3 to 1 in favor of the pass and the three wideouts have 28 of the 34 catches so far.

Things probably won't change much, Gibbs said.

"You never have too many people," he said. "They may catch less balls but that's better for the football team. We're not in it to try to get people a bunch of balls, we're in it to win football games. I think we've got some good people to catch it and {when} we keep throwing it at them, we're going to throw it to the guy that's open."

The Redskins also have gone with different looks in the first two regular season games. When the Redskins go to three wideouts, Sanders is the H-back. When Washington went with three tight ends against Phoenix, Johnson lined up in the slot, but the more appealing idea was to get Clark isolated on a linebacker. And it worked for a touchdown.

Last week in San Francisco, the Redskins opened the game with Walter Stanley starting for Johnson, as Washington went with four wideouts. Johnson still caught passes for 30 and 22 yards.

This week, against a team that's given up an average of 123 yards on the ground in its first two games, it's likely the Redskins will go back to the running game. That means double tight end sets and more of Johnson blocking than catching passes.

"I've accepted the fact that I have a role to play on this team," he said. "The biggest adjustment for me was coming from high school, where I caught a lot of balls like Gary and Ricky are catching now, coming to Howard and not catching that many, because it was a run-oriented offense. That was something I wasn't used to.

"Making the adjustment from college to here, and not catching as many balls, it doesn't bother me as much. I knew this was an offense where I wouldn't be catching as many balls . . . when my number's called, I'm ready to catch it, because I don't know when I'm going to get another one."