Marshawn Lynch is the Raiders’ Human Hate Shield. The Raiders are using Lynch to counter the simmering anger of Oakland fans. Of course, the Raiders would not admit this, because they’re desperate to downplay the blowback to their plans to leave town, having decided that Oakland can’t carry Las Vegas’ jock. It was a brilliant move, signing Lynch. Not only does he bring a little old-time-Raiders toughness to the team that has some soft spots, but his presence makes it almost impossible for hard-core local fans to abandon the team that soon will abandon them. No other NFL player has the hometown connection Lynch has with Oakland fans.