London Police Using 200 Super-recognizers: What Makes Them “super”?

Just as Brady always has dealt with a revolving door at the skill positions, in the recent past, Manning’s offensive lines always have seemed to be in flux. 2) Archie Football? Last week , I had a few evaluators compare Johnny Manziel to Jeff Garcia. After watching “Book of Manning,” I think Archie Manning might be the better comparison. 3) No help needed. One thing that destroys Josh Freeman ‘s trade market: There are teams with entrenched studs like Brady and Manning, but there also are 13 clubs starting quarterbacks who were drafted in the past three years. Even in the trouble spots, most (if not all) aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their guys yet. College guys to watch Saturday 1) LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham (at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): All eyes will be on Zach Mettenberger, the LSU quarterback who once was a blue-chip prospect for Georgia. And we’ll get to him eventually. But Beckham and fellow junior receiver Jarvis Landry are the ones catching scouts’ attention — and NFL types will closely watch both of them between the hedges.

An NFC personnel executive, an AFC college scouting director and an AFC area scout all used the same word — “immature” — to describe Smith’s reputation coming out of Missouri in 2011. Most chalked his problems up to, as the college scouting director put it, “being 20 years old. He was just young.” There was no out-of-the-ordinary substance issue at Mizzou. Accordingly, the 49ers ‘ belief is that Smith’s more serious problems came about after he entered the league. That might be why even San Francisco’s strong player program department — which supported guard Alex Boone as he dealt with alcoholism — couldn’t help. Simply, Smith had a lot on him for a guy in his early 20s. With his family and especially with the recent birth of a daughter, he was thrust into the role of provider. Issues with trust (he isn’t particularly close with many people) and sleep ensued, and he didn’t handle all of it particularly well. The 49ers will let the process play out for Smith. The expectation is that he’ll be in rehab for a minimum of three to four weeks. One team official said that, when Smith returns, “I think the players see that now they have to be his family more than being a buddy.” The 49ers will try to get friends Ray McDonald and NaVorro Bowman , mentor figure Justin Smith and Boone to be active with Smith. Battista: No cakewalk for Denver Judy Battista breaks down what’s shaping up to be a race that few saw coming, plus provides 10 things to watch in Week 4.

NFL taking methodical approach to London question — for now

Like Long, Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes doesn’t see how a team in London can work based off logistics alone. “What about OTAs? What about minicamps? You would really have to move to London,” Grimes said. “London is a cool place, but I don’t know. That would be weird. “Outside of people who have no choice, it would be hard. If you got the Giants that want to sign you and the London whatever [nickname], I’m going to just stay in New York. My family is in America.” Not all current players see the potential for a team overseas in the same light, however. Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce finds the idea intriguing. Mike and Mike ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter covers the future of football in London, Robert Griffin III’s relationship with Mike Shanahan, his report that Von Miller tried to cheat a drug test and more. More Podcasts “I think it would be awesome,” Kelce said. “The biggest thing the league has been trying to do is globalize, to spread to other countries. NFL Europe didn’t really work out too well. So I don’t know what the marketing people are getting back about whether it would be successful.

Chris Long: No interest in London

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PC Paul Hyland a Metropolitan Police super-recognizer poses for photographs beside computer screens at the force’s New Scotland Yard headquarters in London on Sept. 18, 2013./ AP London police officers at Scotland Yard have reportedly been getting helped by a new breed of police-officers with special skills: “super-recognizers.” The Associated Press reported Friday that since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited into an elite squad of super-recognizers that search crime surveillance photos in the hopes of identifying suspects based on perps they’d seen before. Super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the 4,000 people who were arrested following the 2011 London riots , according to the report. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard who created the unit, told the AP. Just what exactly makes someone a super-recognizer? Richard Russell, an assistant professor of psychology at Gettysburg College in Pa., led a 2009 study that coined the phrase “super-recognizers.” He theorizes people with this superior facial recognition ability are on the other end of a spectrum from people who suffer from another condition called “face-blindness,” or prosopagnosia. In face-blindness, people have an inability to recognize familiar faces, even of celebrities and people they know well. Russell told he does not believe super-recognizers are doing anything dramatically different than average people when they look at someone to recognize a familiar face. He thinks they don’t hone in on someone’s eyes or a specific feature to recognize someone better than a typical individual would, he said. “We don’t really know whether they are doing something qualitatively different than other people. I assume they are not,” said Russell.

NFL in London raises legal issues

under antitrust law, but free movement laws are somewhat unique to the European Union. For example, there’s no draft involving European soccer teams. That’s a product of the history of those leagues, but it will probably continue as a product of EU laws. London-based attorney Andrew Nixon of Sheridans focuses his practice on representing sports governing bodies, clubs, agencies and athletes. He says the NFL draft would probably be permissible under the competition laws, because it is collectively bargained between the owners and players. It’s the same reason the NFL draft is allowed under antitrust laws in the United States. “The trickier issue with the draft system would be that it would breach a worker’s right to move freely, and the EU distinguishes between exemption under competition rules and exemption from free movement rules,” Nixon said. When the EU was formed, a treaty was enacted giving certain rights to all European Union citizens. One section of that treaty makes the free movement of workers a fundamental principle, allowing an EU citizen to move between EU countries for work without needing a work permit or having to live there for that purpose. According to the NFLPA, the league currently has 15 players who were born in EU countries, among them Bjoern Werner (Germany), Osi Umenyiora (England) and Sebastian Janikowski (Poland). Would the presence of EU citizens be enough to apply the EU’s laws to the NFL? No one knows the answer to that question.