The plan for Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes was to take 2017 as a “redshirt” year, sit behind starter Alex Smith and learn.

But as the Chiefs struggle and Smith does the same, the chatter regarding a potential changing of the guard at quarterback has ramped up.

But has it ramped up to the extent that the Chiefs may actually turn the reigns over to Mahomes before the end of the season?

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it is “not off the table” that the Chiefs first-round draft pick plays this season, but also said that “the Chiefs’ plan right now” is to have Mahomes “take a redshirt season.”

Rapoport believes that there is a chance Mahomes could get a start by the end of the year despite the stance of Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid, who has strongly supported Smith throughout the season.