While addressing the media at the 2013 NFL Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, two separate safeties with loose ties to the Bengals talked about their connections to the team on Sunday. First it was USC safety T.J. McDonald and then it was Florida safety Matt Elam.

McDonald, who went to USC, the same school as Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier and safety Taylor Mays, said that he had spoken to Carrier, both at the Senior Bowl and here at the Combine.

"Yeah, I've talked to Coach Carrier," McDonald said. "I've talked to him at the Senior Bowl, I talked to him some yesterday (Saturday). I definitely have a lot of respect for that guy. I wore No. 7 at USC just like he did."

McDonald said that Carrier told him he's proud of the way he's carried the torch when it comes to a tradition of good USC safeties. He also said that he's talked to current Bengals safety, and former USC safety, Mays, though more on a friendly level than about football.