A few hours after Ross got the social media world buzzing with his Madden-type moves against the Bills' defensive backs on his way to a 57-yard touchdown, he got back to the team facility to find out his car wouldn't start. Teammate Carlos Dunlap happily recorded the entire incident on video and posted it to his Instagram account, laughing as he showed Ross' car being hooked up to jumper cables.
"Fifty-yard touchdown but you forgot your lights on JR!" Dunlap narrated, referring to the Cincinnati Bengals' first offensive play against the Bills in which Ross spun around two defensive players to get into the end zone. "... Turns out he used all the gas on that play."
"I just had to give him a tough time because he had such a great day," Dunlap said later. "Started off great at least."
Ross didn't say who left the lights on, but he pointedly looked to his right while discussing the incident, where Joe Mixon's locker was. Mixon, who was sitting next to Ross in the car in Dunlap's video, wouldn't say if he was the culprit, only smiling when asked and saying he had no idea who could've done it.
If a dead battery is all Ross has to worry about these days, things are pretty good. The 2017 first-round pick had a turbulent rookie season in which he did not record a catch.
These days even rapper Snoop Dogg, who ran the youth league Ross played in as a child, had something to say about his performance against the Bills.
"Been doing this since he was 9 years old," he posted on his Instagram.
"Appreciate you coach dogg!!!" Ross responded.
Ross said he doesn't pay too much attention to social media, but he didn't miss how the play blew up on the internet. He and Dalton were laughing on Monday over one particular video posted with a fan's running commentary about the play.
"It was hilarious," he said.
Was Ross' spin move actually video-game like? Dunlap said he didn't think it could be replicated.
"I don't know if they can mimic that on Madden since the controller doesn't exactly allow for those," he said.
Mixon, an avid Madden player, vehemently disagreed. "Yeah, of course [I could]," he said. "I do that all the time!"
These are the kinds of things that get discussed lately as Ross' rookie season moves further into the background. Ross is starting to show just why the Bengals took him with the ninth pick of the 2017 draft, and that his record-setting 4.22 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine can translate to the field.
"He's very explosive, he's super fast," Dunlap said. "Everybody knows that, 4.22. It's just exciting to see him do it in a football game."
Mixon, who is good friends with Ross, said he knew it was coming all along.
"It makes me feel good because I know what a lot of people think about him and I know how he's been portrayed, but John is a good wide receiver," Mixon said. "Everybody is so surprised by what he's doing. I'm not surprised by none of that. He's been doing it. There's nothing to be surprised about. John, he's been consistent, he's having a nice camp and he's been doing his thing. He's just got to keep on keeping his confidence up and doing what he do. John, he's grown a lot as a receiver and I'm sure there are a lot more big things for him to come."