"I'm thrilled for whatever success he's having," Shurmur told reporters Sunday, via the Giants' official website. "I did peek at their game and it appears to me like he's playing pretty well, and the only thing I would say is don't sleep on Teddy because I think he's got it in him."
Shurmur would know, of course, after watching Bridgewater help lead the Vikings to an 11-5 record in 2015 with 3,231 yards passing and 14 touchdowns, adding 192 yards rushing and three scores.
"Teddy is an outstanding, competitive guy and he's got a unique charisma," Shurmur told reporters, via the Giants' website. "When I was there with him, the whole area loved Teddy. He just had that way about him, and then when he got injured, everybody was pulling for him to come back."
Last year's starter Josh McCown returns and Darnold is viewed as the Jets' future, but Bridgewater has emerged to make the quarterback position interesting. Through two preseason games with the Jets, Bridgewater has completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 percent) for 212 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Regardless what happens on the scoreboard, Shurmur marvels at the hard work Bridgewater has endured on the comeback trail.
"I was standing just a few feet from him when he had his injury and it was a very tough deal," Shurmur told reporters. "It went from worrying about whether the nerve was going to be able to walk again, to now he's out there playing. I'm certainly very happy for Teddy."